While the APMA-recommended heel height is, officially, just 2 inches, you can raise that when you opt for a wedge or platform shoe, since the pressure of your body weight gets distributed over a wider area of the foot.
Swapping shoes as often as three times a day will help keep your feet from molding to one specific, painful, shoe shape. Start out pointy and end with rounded toes; begin at 3 inch heels and work your way down to a lower height. The key is to keep your foot from getting stuck in one place for an extended period of time.
Feel Your Pain
If a pair of shoes makes your foot hurt, ditch it ASAP. Shoe-induced tingling or numbness are bad signs too. Don’t hope the pain will go away…just choose another pair, or risk doing some serious damage.
Work it Out
Strengthen your feet, ankles, and lower legs flexible with toe grip exercises and calf stretches to counteract the damage tight-toed or sharp-heeled shoes can inflict.