Ensure you are wearing the right size high heel.
The absolute number one mistake women make is squeezing into the wrong size high heel for style purposes. Your size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having children. Make sure to have your feet sized once a year, and get it done if you’ve never had it done. Always measure for width AND for length.
Understand your own personal foot type.
Know the type of foot you have. Visiting a podiatrist would be the best way to know your foot type. If you can’t run out to the podiatrist, wet your foot and step onto a piece of construction paper. The impression will show you how much your foot is flattening or how high of an arch you have. Understanding your foot type can help you understand why you are experiencing pain from certain types of shoes.
The thicker, the better
Thin high heels usually mean you’ll run into some discomfort, especially in stilettos. These types of heels cause your foot to wobble around. Some dresses stilettos, but try to only wear them for special occasions.
The thinner the sole, the better
Thin soles will almost always give you some pain on the bottom of your feet. Less pain occurs with a thicker sole or a little bit of a platform, which offsets some of the pressure when you’re walking.
Remove your heels a couple times throughout the day and stretch your ankles/toes.
Stretch to target the front of the foot and ankle, like pointing your toes down, and pulling your toes up with a strap or band to get the Achilles’ tendon and calf muscles.
Those shoe inserts really do help.
Metatarsal pads or ball of the foot-pads are those oval-shaped pads usually made from a silicone gel. They help to prevent soreness under the balls of your feet. The silicone also helps to prevent the pad from sliding forward, which will protect your toes from friction and blisters when wearing a high heel.