Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on August 20, 2022
Straps That Slice Into Your Ankles

Straps That Slice Into Your Ankles

1/10

You don't have to accept pain with sexy shoes! When you go shoe shopping, try them on in the afternoon, when your feet tend to swell. That causes too-tight straps to cut into your ankles. If your strappy shoes give you a small blister anyway, skip the Band-Aid -- it will just rub off. Instead, apply a heap of ointment to the area, which will let the strap slide around while soothing the sore.

Back-Breaking Handbag

Back-Breaking Handbag

2/10

You probably can't get through the day without toting stuff like your makeup bag and workout gear. Choose a bag with strong, wide straps that won't cut into your shoulder blades. A cross-body bag takes pressure off your back and shoulders. And if you're stuffing it with everything you own, stop! You shouldn't carry more than 10% of your body weight.

Body Shapers That Put the Squeeze On

Body Shapers That Put the Squeeze On

3/10

Body shapers are great if they aren't too small and if you don't wear them too long. Shapewear that's too tight can lead to blood pooling in your lower legs and raise your risk of varicose veins. If you wear a shaper that controls curves, take it off and lie or sit down with your legs raised for at least half an hour. Do that twice a day.

Too-High Heels

Too-High Heels

4/10

Sadly, we can't prevent bunions or corns that come from wearing high heels. The best way to protect your feet from painful foot problems is to wear a flat shoe -- with a foot-supporting insert. Save the stilettos for special events only. If you just can't work a flat into your wardrobe, skip high heels with pointy toes and stick with heels under 2 1/4 inches.

Flats Can Make Arches Ache

Flats Can Make Arches Ache

5/10

Sometimes flats hurt, too. The reason your feet hurt while wearing ballet flats is they offer little to no rear-arch support. If you have flat feet, wearing this type of shoe will hurt less. But if your feet have more of an arch, they'll thank you if you slip them into a shoe that provides more arch support. Look for ballet flats with elastic around the top. They grip your foot better.

Itchy Wool Sweaters

Itchy Wool Sweaters

6/10

Some fabrics, like wool, can cause skin rashes because they irritate the skin. But other clothes you wear can also cause an itchy feeling, too. Layer your woolen sweaters over fitted, long-sleeve cotton shirts so you don't scratch all day. And keep your skin moisturized, because dry skin tends to be itchier.

Heavy Earrings

Heavy Earrings

7/10

They may be cute, but large or heavy earrings can permanently stretch out your earlobes. Prevent the droopy look:

  • Wear light plastic earrings instead of metal ones.
  • Switch up heavy earrings with small ones every other day.
  • Stick to studs altogether.

 

Workout Woes: Chafing and Acne

Workout Woes: Chafing and Acne

8/10

Once you get sweaty, your workout gear might give your skin a hard time. Your clothes might chafe or cause breakouts. Look for well-fitted gym clothes made of synthetic fabrics -- not cotton -- that draw moisture away from the skin. To avoid breakouts on your back or chest, change into dry clothes immediately after working out, and shower with a benzoyl peroxide body cleanser.

Headbands = Headaches

Headbands = Headaches

9/10

As cute and festive as they may be, some hair accessories can give you a headache. This is because they press down on the nerves in your scalp and forehead  -- and it might feel as bad as a migraine. Don't wear headbands or barrettes that hurt, or wear them only for a short time.

Leg-Cramping Jeans

Leg-Cramping Jeans

10/10

Getting into your skinny jeans can make your day! But if they're so tight you can't walk or sit comfortably, you should loosen up. Your skinny jeans should be fitted, but they should not pinch your waistline or cut off your circulation. Choose one with a little stretch so they allow you to move freely.

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