As with many things in life what we “need” to do in society may not be the best choice when it comes to our health and well-being. High heels are no exception. While they are a mainstay of women’s fashion, they are one of the worst (ergonomically speaking) choices for footwear. Unfortunately for those of us who live in the real world perfect choices in all things are not a reality.

So this blog is about one of those choices. I want to be clear: I would prefer that everyone wear comfortable running shoes with great arch support everywhere they go but if that is not going to happen here are some tips to you wear high heels and protect your body at the same time.

Treat them like dessert:
You wouldn’t eat cake with every meal so don’t do that with heels. No matter how comfortable they are or how good you are at walking in them they put the body in an unnatural position that leads to back problems, knee problems hip pains and shortening of the Achilles tendon. So find ways to limit your time.

The main reason that heels are so hard on the body is the shortening of the Achilles tendon and the muscles of the calf. To counter this be sure to stretch the muscles of the calf every day this will help to correct much of the damage that is being done. This is especially true after any cardiovascular exercise (treadmill and elliptical work especially) as the exercise may further tighten the musculature.

picture of fitness stretches

Watch your posture:
Proper posture while in heels can help mitigate a lot of the pain that is associated with them. Check out the is video from Dr. Emily Splichal:

I hope this helps! If you have any other tips or suggestions be sure to let us know.