I’ll always remember the greatest story one of my teachers told in massage school. He had a female client who came in complaining of lower back and hip pain. He asked her to take her shoes off (heels) and walk across the room to check her gait. Her calf muscles had shortened to the point that even barefoot, she still walked like she was in heels. I decided at that point, that even though I love heels, I had to take steps to prevent the same thing from happening to me!
A Great Infographic from Live Science explaining why heels hurt.
Stretches to help when wearing heels
Achilles Tendon Stretch - 3 times a day
Lean into a wall with one foot about a foot and a half in front of the other, gently stretching the calf and tendon in the back foot; hold for 90 seconds, then switch sides.
"Alphabet exercise" - 1-2 times a day
Strengthens ankles and improves range of motion
Use your big toe to trace each letter of the alphabet in cursive in the air, moving only the foot and ankle.
Tips for Buying Heels that won't hurt!
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I've been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my husband and dog. I also have a passion for cooking, baking and gardening.