For someone who wears high heels often and regularly, I can say that it is very important, if not crucial, to know how to protect your legs, feet, and back, and what steps to take to minimize injury.
People think it is very easy to put on a pair of stilettos and walkÃ‚ out the door normally.
As a matter of fact, that is why I often see women in heels wobbling or having bad posture.
Not only do they not look good, but it is also not healthy for them.
It is true that practicing will make everything eventually easier, but it is also very important to know your body and especially your feet.
Balance is everything when it comes to wearing heels.
If I can’t balance my body weight on top of two tiny stiletto heels then I will not bother wearing them in the first place.
Having the balance has to come from your core.
When I say core, I mean your abs. If your core muscles are not strong it will affect your balance and posture when on heels. It is important to be able to stand straight using your abs to have control over your balance in order to walk with heels for longer periods of time.
Another major concern for high heel wearers is the Achilles tendinitis issue.
A lot of people think that wearing high heels is the culprit for Achilles tendinitis.
However, as I have recently found out according to runners world magazine, studies show that high heels don’t cause Achilles tendinitis, however heels do tighten the Achilles tendon.
To prevent Achilles injuries one needs to stretch and strengthen not only the calf muscle but the entire legs.
As I said earlier, knowing your feet is the most crucial thing to know when it comes to wearing high heels. Both myÃ‚ feet have a very high arch and therefore the higher the heel the better my feet feel.
I cannot wear flat shoes because flat shoes offer no support for my high arches.
As a runner I always go to a specialty running shoe storeÃ‚ where they can tell me which running shoes will best fit my arches.
I make sure that I get a shoe that is specifically for high arch feet to give me full support.
I had to change five different brands of running shoes until I found the right one.
As for backaches, I think it is the result of not having good posture due to weak core muscles, and not wearing the right shoes for the type of feet you have. I personally have not experienced back pain from wearing high heels.
I believe from my own experience that our legs and feet need change and need to rest from both wearing heels and wearing workout shoes.
I rest my body and feet by changing from platform to stiletto and vice versaÃ‚ between workout shoes and going barefoot.
This way my feet get the break they need to recover from any stress that was caused whether from long hoursÃ‚ in high heels or long hours of running.
This method has worked for me for years now.