A word from a podiatrist...
According to Podiatrist Emily Smith
“SHORT OF WEARING A LOWER HEEL OR WEDGE, THE SECRET TO IMPROVING HIGH HEEL COMFORT IS INCREASING THE STABILITY OF THE ANKLE.” Emily Smith, podiatrist
According to Emily Smith and Australian Podiatrist: “The dominant duo responsible for high heel pain is ankle instability (often associated with fatigue, causing foot, ankle and leg pain) and the significant peak in forefoot pressure (usually causing burning pain in the ball of the foot).
In a nutshell, the higher and narrower the heel, the greater activation is required by key muscles to stabilize the foot and ankle. When the primary stabilization muscles fatigue, the secondary muscles overcompensate. When fatigued, muscles lose the ability to produce appropriate stability, putting the wearer at risk of injury, and/or causing the wearer to hail a cab.”
As you can see pesky “stabilizing muscles” that we always talk about at the studio are once again considered important. Activating and maintaining the stabilizers in your feet and ankles is the key to not just relieving foot pain but improving your whole body.
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