The Gwyneth Paltrow’s guide to survive high heels has been developed by Michelle Rodriguez. She is a physical therapist and an ex-ballerina so she knows how important is to have strong feet.
Rodriguez has developed a special feet exercise routine for Gwyneth that she has now shared with everyone, The Guardian reports. So if you want to be able to wear high heels for long periods of time with little to no discomfort, check out
Gwyneth Paltrow’s guide to survive high heels
Given that Gwyneth is quite fond of high heels and wears them very often it is safe to assume that the quide is working. Her feet and legs are quite famous, The Guardian notes and reminds her ability to express emotion with her bare toes during her London stage debut of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play Proof in 2002.
The exercises are a few simple feet stretches, but can have a great effect if done regularly. It all starts with a Intrinsic muscle stretch. It is meant for combating hammer toes, pinched nerves, stress fractures and bunions. You should start by linking the fingers of your opposite hand in between your toes as if you were shaking hands with your foot. Your thumb should remain on the outside while your other fingers are interlaced with your toes.The position should be held for 30 seconds before you pull the toes down and hold for another five seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Next is the Foot and ankle extensors stretch. This one is intended to prevent shin splints and stress fractures. After kneeling down on both knees, you should put a tightly rolled hand towel under your feet where your toes and the top of your foot meet. Once your towel is in position, you need to carefully sit back onto your heels until you feel the stretch across your feet and ankles. Repeat twice and hold the position for 30 seconds each time.
The third exercise is the Peroneals stretch. This tackles your foot and lower leg alignment, as well as dysfunctions in your foot and ankle joints, and requires a strap that will not stretch. A long belt should suffice. While laying on your back, place the strap around the ball of your foot and lift that leg up. Your other leg should remain extended on the floor. Toes should be stretched towards you before you turn your foot inwards. The strap should be held with the hand opposite the foot that you are stretching. You should hold the move for 30 seconds and repeat it twice for each leg.
Numer four is the Calf stretch. It is meant to strengthen your Achilles heels and protect your calf tears. While standing with your front leg bent and your back leg extended, push your hands against the wall and keep your back knee straight with your heels glued to the ground. After 30 seconds, you should move your extended foot closer to the wall while bending your knee slightly, but keeping both heels on the floor. This position should also be held for 30 seconds. Both moves should then be repeated on your other side.
Finally it is the FHL stretch. This is to help to avoid tendinitis and problems with your big toes. This is also an easy move, which only requires you to be close to a door frame or ledge of a wall. Put your big toe against the door or wall and slide it down so it points to the ceiling while you push the ball of your foot towards the ground. You should bend your knee while keeping your other toes and heel flat on the ground.
This is the Gwyneth Paltrow’s guide to survive high heels. Give them a try.