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    21 Products For Anyone Who Is Hard On Their Feet

    You'll be living footloose and fancy free in no time!

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    1. A roll-on substance created to shield your skin from chafing and blisters when your feet inevitably begin to sweat.


    Promising review: " This product is a miracle. I have VERY blister-prone feet, and it is so difficult for me to find shoes that don't rub me raw (I'm talking every kind of shoe — flats, sandals, heels, tennis shoes, etc.). I bought new water shoes that were supposed to be amazing for your feet, and they felt great when I tried them on, but the first time I wore them I had a blister on my heel within 30 minutes. (And I wasn't even in the water! Just walking around the house.) I went online and bought this product that night. Let me tell you, the next time I wore those water shoes with this product...NO blisters, AT ALL. Not even a sore spot!! I am in awe. I've now tried this product with several other shoes that used to rub me as well, and same thing! This is my new best friend. Thank you, SportShield!" —Matthew Leonard

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available as bottles or packs of towelettes).

    2. Suede leather heel grips that'll also help prevent blisters and chafing. They're so soft you'll want to add them to every pair of shoes you own., Amazon

    Promising review: "These are really a lifesaver. I bought the most adorable pumps that became incredibly painful and cut into my heels after about an hour. I thought I couldn't wear them again, and these were my last hope. I put them in and what a difference!!! They have some padding — which I definitely needed — but not so much that they make the shoes too small. They are nice and large so they wrap all the way around the heel. They can also be trimmed as needed. The adhesive is really strong, so it is a good idea to expose just a little bit to get them into place. The leather is very soft and doesn't snag anything. I love these things!!" —G.G.

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $10.52.

    3. Waterproof blister prevention patches you can pop on right before you slip on those adorable sneakers that unfortunately tear up the backs of your ankles.


    Promising review: It's springtime and I'm using new shoes as I take my dogs out for some of the first actually long walks after winter, so I'm getting blisters and small cuts on my feet. These bandages are actually keeping my feet comfortable as I'm walking and helping the cuts and blisters heal far better than a standard bandaid would. Super easy to use!" —Kadie I.

    Get 12 patches from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A high-heel shoe stretcher, because there are few things as cringe-worthy as shoes crushing your toes with every step you take.,

    Promising review: "Ladies, this is a must for all new high-heel shoes. I like getting that previously broken-in feel when I put on a new pair of stilettos. No more blisters and toe-crushing pain for me! I use these now on every new pair of shoes that I buy. Even if my shoes feel comfortable in the store it seems that after wearing them out for an hour or more causes me discomfort. When I buy a half size larger my shoes are coming off my foot in the heel area or require uncomfortable inserts. This product solves my problems." —PwrPurchase

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in women's sizes 4–10.5).

    5. Foot petals to provide extra cushion for the balls of your feet while you're dancing the night away in your highest heels.


    Promising review: "I am the kind of person who buys heels because I think they are adorable, and then never wears them because after a few steps around the house my feet hurt so badly that I can't deal with wearing them for a few hours. I took a chance and wore heels on a night out DANCING a few weeks ago and put the petals right under the ball of my foot because that is usually where it hurts the most. I cannot even explain what a difference these petals made. Just having that small amount of cushioning under the ball of my foot made it feel like I wasn't wearing heels at all! I finally took the cover off of the adhesive and installed them in a pair of heels (I used to like swapping them but now I know I'm going to buy more so there is no need). The darker gray color goes perfectly inside of my black heels. THESE THINGS MAY HAVE JUST SAVED MY CLOSET!!!" —UAstudentn

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in five styles).

    6. Or a set of compression sleeves that'll give your arches some much-needed support. Say "goodbye!" to that irritating pain you've been feeling in the middle of your feet after a long walk.


    Amazon customers noted that the fit may vary based on your foot size.

    Promising review: "I love these. Out of the blue I developed some pain that I assumed was plantar fasciitis. I was dreading wearing clunky shoes and insoles around the house. Enter these bizarre little bands. Whatever hocus pocus is going on here, I'm a believer. I wore them faithfully for a week or so and my pain is gone. Maybe they aren't for everyone, but they sure worked for me." —frankenmuth

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two styles).

    7. And grips to add to the inside of your strappy sandals that'll reduce friction and prevent pinching.


    Promising review: "I LOVE these mini grips! Such a clever design. These are perfect for lining the inner part of my work shoe that used to dig into my upper lateral foot. The adhesive on these is very strong — I am on my feet all day and these grips have not budged! I was so pleased with these that I bought three more packs for all of my work shoes. Highly highly recommend!!!" —Frances25

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A foot file with before and after photos that'll make you squeamish but also convince you to add it to your cart ASAP.,

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!! I've never had dry or cracked heels until recently and I've tried everything I could find to get rid of them! This is all you need!!! I literally opened the box and did this in less than a minute! I'll never use anything else! Even better than professional pedicures!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. Gel heel protectors for pain relief from planter fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, cracked heels, or even just sore feet., Amazon

    Promising review: "I recently had torn Achilles surgery. The surgeon had to completely re-attach the tendon to my heel, leaving a noticeable ridge that in the early stages is quite tender and doesn't fill smoothly into shoes or in my case more importantly my hiking boots!!! I put these heel cushions on under my socks and they protect the tender and still heeling part of my heel. They are not bulky and fit so comfortably that I'm not even aware they are there other than that I have no discomfort or pain with my heel. They are awesome!!" —celtic_hiker

    Get two pairs from Amazon for $12.99+ (also available in a pack of four and in thick or thin styles).

    10. Or an exfoliating peeling foot mask that'll remove all your dead skin cells and leave your feet feeling as soft as a newborn babe's.


    Promising review: "My poor feet have been extremely neglected ever since I was pregnant two years ago. This was the first time I really ever had very rough, hard heels and 'old' looking feet; so bad, I didn't even want to have a pedicure or wear sandals. Anyway, these foot peels were super easy to use and boy are they effective. It was the fourth day that my feet began to peel — very strange! Totally painless. The new skin coming through was very soft, like new. I would totally recommend. My sister and mother have requested their boxes." —Ally CHR

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    11. Non-slip shoe pads you can add into your flats, heels, sneakers, or sandals for extra support and comfort.


    Promising review: "If it weren't for these, I wouldn't have been able to wear a pair of expensive, super high heels that I'd bought for a girls' night. Extremely comfortable and easy to place after a bit if practice. HIGHLY recommend!!" —B Armstrong

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. Dansko flat sandals that are known for being SUPER comfortable so you'll be able to dress up your outfits without suffering from foot pain by the end of the day., Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm so in love with this sandal. I have capsulitis of the second toe, which is super painful, and usually means I can't wear ANY kind of heel, since my foot has to stay flat to protect the base of my toe. I was skeptical of the rise on these sandals, but I need a little dressier sandal than Birkenstocks for work, so I took a risk. I'm so glad I did. They're like walking on clouds, and they don't hurt my stupid toe AT ALL. I ordered the camel color and it is so perfectly neutral and sexy in a 70s retro kinda way that I'm literally posting this review and ordering a second pair in black. If you're on the fence, give 'em a shot. I doubt you'll be sad." —zara summerborn

    Get them from Amazon for $84.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–12 and three colors).

    13. Welly flexible fabric bandages you can keep in your bag for a quick fix when sneakers you thought were super comfortable start to rub a little on your heel.


    Just because you're an "adult" doesn't mean you can't appreciate a funky bandage. I keep these in my desk at work and love how soft they are — I barely even realize I have one on when I apply it! Another added bonus is the fun-colored tin it comes in that I will definitely use for odds 'n ends once the bandages are all used.

    Get a pack of 48 from Target for $6.99.

    14. BioFreeze pain relief gel can be applied to sore muscles, joints, or aches for an easy way to get back on your feet...literally. This roll-on version will also prevent it from soaking into your fingers and hands., Amazon

    I tore a tendon in my foot earlier this year and it has been an endless source of discomfort ever since. My doctor recommended BioFreeze and now I can't live without it. It has a menthol scent to it that dissipates pretty quickly and really does help relax the pain in my foot. I've also used on my arches when my plantar fasciitis has acted up and it has helped with that as well. You won't regret this purchase, I promise.

    Promising review: "This has changed my life, I work on my feet all the time and often my back hurts and my feet kill me, applying this nightly and stretching have made a significant difference with the pain." —gb1991

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98+ (also available in packs of 2, 3, and 12).

    15. Or simple anti-skid pads with a rubber adhesive that'll make it easier than ever to stick 'em to the inside or bottom of your most painful (BUT SO CUTE) footwear., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two uses so far for these little gems!

    1. I have a pair of heels that are a bit too big and my toes push real far out the open-toe. Placing one on each pad of my foot in the heels allowed for less slipping and not shoving my toes out the front end.

    2. A pair of ankle boots that are in great shape but have lost their sole grip. I put them on the bottom and the traction is 10x better!" —Amber Jo

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $10.98+ (also available in a pack of 16 and in two colors).

    16. A massage ball you can use for a low-maintenance deep tissue massage. All you'll have to do is roll the ball of your foot over it to help get rid of painful muscle knots.


    Promising review: "This massage ball is great! I do a lot of casual dancing (hip-hop) and play a lot of basketball, and my feet tend to cramp on a regular basis. This ball has helped relieve that and now my feet rarely cramp up. I would definitely recommend this ball to you if you're feet are like mine and need some relief from cramping. As a heads up it does kind of hurt when you use the ball but the short term pain is worth the long term relief. I usually roll my feet for no longer than 30 seconds at a time and that's enough for me." —John

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    17. A fancy Shiatsu foot massager machine that'll help renew your feet after a loooong day while also making you feel spoiled in your own home., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love to use this every night after working on my feet all day. The price was reasonable and the massage it provides is great. The settings let you pick 15 or 30 minutes and it feels so great that the 30 minutes is over before I realize the time has passed. I had other people try it at a house party I had and everyone raved about how great it felt. Buy it, your feet will thank you." —amazoncustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available in two styles).

    18. A therapeutic foot soak made with epsom salt, sea salt, and a variety of soothing oils to pamper your tired feet and help you unwind after you've been running around all day. It'll also remove any fungus and dead skin — it's basically magic.


    Promising review: "I love the fact that this product is organic! The numerous oils it has in it really helps to release some of the toxins in your body through your feet while fighting bacteria. I originally purchased this product to potentially help fight a toenail fungus I got from a nail salon during my pedicure. It seems to be helping so I’m definitely excited to review my results after continuously using this. The Dead Sea salt along with the epsom salt really helps to soften the feet. The aroma from the mixture of always will make you want to take a nap after 10 minutes... I love this foot soak !" —Bianca G

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    19. Or cold therapy socks that'll provide immediate relief from inflammation and swelling caused by sprains or strains on various parts of the feet. They'll also give a great excuse to ~chill out~ each night.


    Promising review: "These things are fantastic I suffer from burning and stinging in my feet due to a condition called Morton's Neuroma. My feet get very hot and sting and itch, both bottom and top, mostly near the front of the foot. People think I am strange when I tell them that plunging my feet in ice water seems like heaven! Well, now I don't have to do that. I've used basic gel packs before, of course, but they don't form-fit to your foot like these socks. And, the cold pack on the TOP of my foot is PERFECT! I bought these socks, plus the replacement gel packs (four-piece set) so I can wear one and freeze one. I plan to buy another pair of socks as a backup. I don't ever want to be without them." —Primazon

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five sizes and three styles).

    20. A massage roller you can use to apply acupressure on the bothersome parts of your feet to make them feel fantastic before you head off to bed. It's so easy to use you can roll away without taking your eyes off of the latest season of Queer Eye.


    Promising review: "I’ve been having so many issues with my feet the last few years. My feet hurt so bad, it’s made me become a hermit. I’ve had tendinitis in both and now plantar fasciitis. I get foot cramps all the time. After just one day with this under my desk at work, I feel a huge difference. My feet no longer feel tight and painful. They feel tingly — in a good way. I look forward to being able to go for a walk and not have to rest along the way. I know it’s meant for feet but I may try it out on my calves. I also love that it’s small, looks nice and doesn’t slide around. I highly recommended this for anyone, foot issues or not, if you sit a lot. Nice way to keep the blood flowing when stuck at a desk." —Vanessa Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    21. And toe protectors, so you never have to suffer through deciding "should I pop this blister bubble on my pinky toe?" ever again.


    Don't act like you haven't BEEN there.

    Promising review: "I had originally purchased some that went over your whole toe area or the whole ball of your foot but they were so big and bulky I couldn't get my shoe on. These work so much better. They get right to the spot and don't take up much room. I hardly even know they are there. Wore them all day and they didn't slide off or move around. I cut a few of them across so I can wear them with my sandals." —Crazygirl35*

    Get a variety pack of 12 from Amazon for $12.99.

    If your feet could talk, they'd be thanking you right about now.

    The Walt Disney Company

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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