If You’ve Ever Worn A Pair Of Heels, This Article Is For You!

Posted On 25 Nov 2015

If You’ve Ever Worn A Pair Of Heels, This Article Is For You!

25 Nov 2015
If You’ve Ever Worn A Pair Of Heels, This Article Is For You!

If You’ve Ever Worn A Pair Of Heels, This Article Is For You!

If you’ve ever stepped foot inside the EST10 office, one of the first things that’s sure to draw your attention is our heel collection. Yes, you’ve caught us… we absolutely love high heels. But as we’re sure you’re all aware, it’s no secret that wearing heels isn’t exactly the best thing for our health.

Wearing heels has been associated with shortening Achilles tendons and stride length, causing back pain and even altering foot shape, just to name a few! To make matters worse, a recent study found that high heel related injuries in the US have doubled in the past decade. What’s a girl (or guy?) to do?

Don’t freak out… We’re not about to suggest that we all stop wearing heels altogether. Actually, that’s the furthest thing from our mind. Instead, we’ve compiled a list of practical tips that will help prevent ankle injury without threatening our heel infatuation.

Reduce heel time

When you’re not in front of clients or at an important meeting, consider swapping out your heels for a flatter alternative… but let’s leave the thongs for the beach. It’s not uncommon for CBD commuters to change into their trainers or flats as they head home at the end of the day, but why wait until then. Keep a spare pair of flats in the office for when you’re sitting at your desk or ducking down the road to run an errand. This is something the EST10 office embraces wholeheartedly, and our feet are truly thankful for it!

Wear comfortable heels

Let’s get one thing straight… comfortable heels don’t have to be ugly. Sure, there are a lot of ‘practical’ heels that clearly prioritise orthopaedics over style, but it’s not impossible to find great heels that are comfortable to wear. If you’re pretty pumps are painful to begin with, you’re only increasing your chances of injury. Your challenge is to find a shoe that both looks and feels great… let the hunt begin!

Stretch, stretch, stretch!

Did you know that there are exercises created specifically to lessen the severity of extended heel use! Two super simple stretches come to mind…

  1. Wall stretch

Stand approximately two feet in front of a wall, outstretching your arms in front of you at shoulder height. Slowly walk backwards, keeping your hands on the wall and shifting your weight into your heels. Walk back until you feel a slight stretch and hold the position for 10-15 seconds.

  1. Towel foot stretch

Sitting on the floor with both legs in front of you, take the ends of a towel in both hands and loop the middle section of the towel around the ball of your right foot. Keeping your leg straight, gradually pull the towel toward your chest, holding for 10-15 seconds when you feel a slight stretch. Repeat for the left foot.

These stretches are a great way to improve ankle and muscle strength, but before jumping straight in, be sure to consult a physical trainer to make sure you are stretching correctly and doing the appropriate stretches for your specific needs.

So what are you waiting for!? Save your feet now so you’re wearing your best heels come Christmas.