March 8, 2019 | Categories: Fitness & Sports
We know: You love the way you look in heels. But the rest of your body may be paying the price. April is Foot Health Awareness month, so in honor of the occasion, we asked podiatrist Ami Sheth for tips on how to wear heels without wrecking your feet.
One is a calf/hamstring stretch. In a seated position, take a belt and loop around the ball of one of your feet. Then extend both feet at the knees. Gently pull on the strap. (envision that you are seated with both legs out and have the strap around one foot. Hold each side to a count of 5 and do each side 5 times.
Another stretch is a standard runners’ stretch. Feet hip distance apart. One foot in front of the other. Front knee bent, back leg straight and both feet pointing forward. Lean forward meeting the wall with straight arms. Back straight, bottom tucked in. Lean forward. You should feel a stretch on the back calf.
Calf stretch: Stand facing the wall about 3/4 arms length away. Put the ball of one foot on the wall with the heel still on the floor. Your knee will be bent. Try to straighten your leg out. You should feel a stretch in the calf.
This article originally appeared in a 2014 issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine.
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