Like most women, I love a good pair of heels.
And like most women, I’ve felt the pain that comes along that hot pair of heels after a long day at work or a night on the town.
Now, I don’t want to rain you the Louboutin parade, but did you know that by regularly wearing heels you could actually be altering the anatomy of your legs & feet?
According to a study at the University of Vienna’s Centre of Sport Sciences and University Sports, wearing heels 5 days a week or more can significantly shorten the muscles of the calves and thicken the Achilles tendon.
Eventually this can even make it more painful to wear flats due to the shortened muscles.
In addition, wearing heels on a regular basis can cause postural imbalances that lead to chronic back pain. I see this frequently with my private clients.
Save yourself the pain and take care of your feet starting now, before it’s too late.
You know I’m all about balance so I would never tell you to stop wearing heels all together. However, I will encourage you to care for your feet in order to reduce your chances of causing long-term damage.
- Alternate heels with boots or flats with arch support.
- Save your highest heels for short events.
- When you know it’s going to be a long day on your feet, make a smart choice and choose shoes with proper support.
- Also, remember to stretch your calves and feet on a regular basis to prevent muscle shortening.
Try these stretches after a long day on your feet:
1. Sit on the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you. Wrap a thera-band or towel around flexed feet and gently pull your toes toward your face.
2. Seated in a chair, cross one ankle over the other thigh and rotate your ankle in circles. Rotate in both directions.
3. Stand with the ball of your foot on a stair and lower your heel toward the ground for a deep calf stretch.
I’m curious, are you more likely to be found in heels or flats?