High Heel Help

Posted: February 29, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style, VAULT -- archives

All around campus I see girls strutting around in pumps, high heel boots, and wedges. My first thought is “How the hell can you be walking around all day in those?” My feet hurt after 10 minutes in heels plus I get blisters from almost anything. I have a love/hate relationship with shoes.

But while talking about this issue the other day, someone brought up a good point. High heels hurt so much because you’re slowly shortening your muscles within the ankle region of your foot and leg. I mean this is an obvious thing. You put on a peeped-toe pump and grow 5 inches. You’re pretty much on your tippy-toes, which is rarely comfortable.

According to fyiliving.com, this is a true fact. They created a study with women who wear high heels almost five days a week and with women who only wear flats and studied them for two years. Their outcome was that women, who wear high heels for a long duration of time, have shortened Achilles’ tendons and stiffness within the gastrocnemius (calf, lower leg) muscle bundle. OUCH!

However, I feel like sex appeal is like a drug here. Women hate the pain but love the look. No matter what, it’s worth it. The sex appeal that comes along with that stiletto is irreplaceable.

So to help continue your heel wearing days, here are some tips from fitsugar.com on how to stretch out those feet and legs after a full day of pain.

Shin and Ankle Stretch

  • Cross your left ankle over your right with your toes pointed.
  • Bend your right knee to increase the stretch, hold for 15-30 seconds.
  • Repeat stretch before switching sides.

Towel Foot Stretch

  • Sit on the floor with both legs straight out in front of you.
  • Put the middle of a towel around the ball of your foot and hold onto it with both hands.
  • Pull the towel back towards your chest while keeping your leg straight.
  • To increase the stretch, bend your knee slightly.
  • Hold this for 30 seconds and then repeat with other side.

Curb Stretch

  • Find a curb or step and alternate hanging your heels off the edge.
  • Hold for about 10-15 seconds.
  • To deepen the stretch, bend your knees slightly.

For the complete list of stretches, visit fitsugar.com

– Brooke Leone


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