High heels bring a lot of women to polarizing heights. They love the look and feel like a million bucks, but it comes at a painful price. For some at least.
There are many reasons why you might feel pain from your high heels. It starts with you picking the wrong shoe size.
It can also be the wrong heel height or the fabrics. Even the way you walk. Also, there’s the physical condition of your feet and body as a whole.
Other ladies though have no such problems. They feel great in high heels and wear them all the time. This too can cause problems in the long run, including physically changing your muscles. You can drive yourself to a point where walking with flat feet can be painful.
This is why it’s important to vary the types (and heights) of your shoes throughout the week. But you can also do a lot more to keep your feet in great shape. There are also quite a lot of exercises you can do. Of course, you may not have the time to do them all.
So, podiatrists reveal to Health.com the three top exercises you should actually do. They will help you minimize high heel pain and are designed for the muscles in your feet and calves.
The first exercise is great for feet recovery after a long day in high heels. Start seated with your legs extended and heels (your actual heels) on the floor. Wrap a resistance band around the ball of one foot and pull towards you. Keep the leg straight. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat for the other foot. Repeat the whole thing three times.
Next, standing calf raises. Stand up with your feet at hip-distance apart. Slowly rise on the balls of your feet. Then slowly lower your heels to the ground. Repeat three sets of 20 reps.
Finally, tower scrunches. Place a (paper) towel on the floor and step on it with one foot. Use only your toes to grab and release the towel for about 30 seconds and switch feet. Repeat three times to build up stronger toes which will improve your balance.