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I usually wear flat shoes to work, (pretty ones may I add!) But recently I have decided to become a bit of a lady and occasionally wear heels. Luckily for me I work in an office which doesn't require much walking around, plus as long as my toes are painted I can kick off my shoes under my desk whenever necessary! But yesterday, I was dragged into going for lunch with the girls. On a usual day I would be more then happy to grab a bite to eat on the high street especially as the weather was so nice. But I knew my shoes were going to kill me. Standing around all day is nothing compared to a 30 minute high paced walk. I grinned my teeth and bit my tongue. The first few minutes were fine. I thought hey! I can do this. Then I stopped at the traffic lights and the burning hit me. The deep razor sharp pain going straight through the balls of my feet.
The fast pace mixed with heat and high heels had got the friction going all right! I almost couldn't bear to take another step. But even if I wasn't going to make it to the sandwich bar I still had to get back to work!!!
Anyway, I was heading for Boots anyway for something else and I hobbled over to the foot care section hoping for some quick light relief while my friends were ordering for me. I never realised just how many foot soles, pads, magic creams there were especially for us with high heels! I'm glad I'm not the only one!
I didn't want to use the 'gel' pads that you put at the bottom of your shoes that are supposed to give you relief from painful feel as these just make my feel slip and slide around. So, I really needed something to work. I went for the brand name as I hoped it would work instantly to relive the pain and picked up Scholl Ball of Foot Cushions.
** Scholl **
I have always seen the Scholl brand around and it's not surprising since they have been on the market since 1904. One look at their product range and you can see their innovation designs and ideas. Originally inspired by Dr William Mathias Scholl, I bet he had no idea that his ideas would eventually be the secret behind the now famous London Fashion Week! (All the models use Scholl foot products so they can wear the 100inch heels!)
** Scholl Ball of Foot Cushions **
I bought this as an emergency. I knew the name and to be honest at around £4.00 they were far from cheap for one pair! I read the packaging and they claim to give immediate relief from burning pain on the ball of the foot. The dual layer foam should provide cushioning and protection, helping to prevent build up of hard skin.
Well, all I needed was a bit of relief from the burning sensation in my foot and to make it back to the office. Was I asking too much?
** What Were They Like To Use **
They are not the prettiest things in the world and they almost made me feel old! I think it was that 'natural peach' colour, a bit like plasters that gave them the old fashioned edge. Anyway they have a little loop which fits over the second toe. By this I assume they mean the toe next to the big toe (yes they have a little picture on the front so I am correct!). The cushion pad itself is round and then has another round pit on top of that. It does feel very cushiony and soft.
I admit it was a bit awkward getting the cushions into the shoe but still keeping it in place. I had to be quite flexible and I know it looked strange to the people walking around in boots, but I tried to hide in the corner to look as normal as possible.
When I finally squeezed my foot and these two cushioned pads back into my heels I stood up and waited for a brief second...
I didn't get an 'ahhhhh' sensation, like the one when I sat down and took my shoes off! But I had a slight sense of relief from the burning sensation. I walked to the door; still struggling but the burning feeling was still there... arrrghhhh!!! Completely pointless these cushion things. Yes they were soft but gave me no relief to by burning feet. £4 odd thrown down the bin. Waste of time and money.
If you haven't already gathered, I was disappointed with these foot cushions. They gave me hardly any relief against my poor burning feet. The only praise I can give them is that they didn't slip of slide so my feet stayed still.
To be honest I am probably being a little harsh, I would recommend these BEFORE you start walking in your heels. I think they are more of a preventative measure then a cure. They won't stop the burning sensation but they will increase the amount of walking distance you get from your heels. They are also washable so when my feet are back to normal I will be using them again to see if they work any better. But I doubt it.
All in all... disappointed. I am glad they are reusable otherwise it really would be throwing my money away.