Not everyone can sport high-heels with the effortless aplomb of Stacey London. Wearing heels leaves many women with achey ankles and crampy calf muscles. Still, you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of sneakers, flip-flops and ballet flats. With a few simple tips, you can improve your stiletto staying power.
Care For Your Calf Muscles
Wearing heels shortens your calves. The result is tight muscles, so make sure you stretch your calves when the heels come off. Try the popular downward dog yoga pose for optimal release. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds. Also try to minimize the time you spend standing or walking in your heels. Kick them off when you’re at your desk, roll your ankles around, point and flex your toes.
Work Your Weak Ankles
Walking on toothpicks can make it tough to keep your balance. Improving ankle balance and overall strength can ultimately prevent a nasty fall. Walking on your toes is a great endurance and balance exercise. Try walking for 1 minute, and then gradually work your way up. Make sure to stretch your calves when you’re done.
Protect Your Tootsies From Tendonitis
Devoted heel wearers may develop Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscle to the heel, can become inflamed from the quick switch from heels to flats. To help prevent against Achilles tendonitis, stand on a step with your heels hanging off, and slowly raise yourself up onto your toes and then drop your heels down below the step again. Try doing this for 1 minute every day you wear heels.
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