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Budget Reflexology:
Golden Yan Foot Spa

181 Lafayette St., nr. Grand St.; 212-625-8222
Reflexology, a way of touching certain points in the feet that’s said to relieve problems in the body’s organs or help with psychological issues such as insomnia, rarely comes so cheap as at Golden Yan. Seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., you can get a fierce one-hour session for $35 at the candlelit spa. Those who just want a sample can try fifteen minutes for $12 or 30 for $20.


High-Heel-Walking Tutor:
Veronica Vera

250 W. 54th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-989-0906
Learning proper technique for walking in heels will save you a lot of pain, so former porn star (and Wall Street trader) Vera, who initially started teaching cross-dressers how to wear platforms twelve years ago, opened her two-hour class “Amazing Grace: How to Walk in High Heels” to all genders in 2007. The next round, which covers skills like getting in and out of taxis and skittering over subway grates, runs from June 17 to 19 ($49 per class, with discounts for booking multiple sessions). Bring your own stilettos.


Athlete’s Friend:
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

111 E. 88th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-996-1900
The three athlete-focused podiatrists here, led by Dr. Joseph Geldwert, the medical director of the New York City triathlon, deal with both minor problems (bunions, heel pain, sprains, and ingrown-toenail removal) and major ones (reconstructive foot surgery). It’s also one of the only private offices on the East Coast with a gait-analysis machine, which uses motion-measuring video cameras and 5,000 pressure sensors to figure out if the way you walk or run is damaging your lower half ($200 for 60-plus minutes). Some treatments, such as toenail removal, are covered by insurance; others, like laser services, are considered cosmetic.


Needle Guru:
Brooklyn Acupuncture Nook

182 Eighth Ave., nr. Garfield Pl., Park Slope; 347-394-3693
Sticking pins in your feet brings fresh blood to the area and helps with general pain, according to Michael Pingicer, who has a master’s in Oriental medicine and works out of a brownstone in Park Slope. He uses anywhere from six to eighteen needles a session, placed in the pained foot or feet, as well as other parts of the body, and will send you home with a recipe for an herbal soak made of Sichuan pepper, peony and licorice roots, frankincense, honeysuckle, and dandelion ($90 for an hourlong visit).


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