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Learn Why You Should Think Twice Before Reaching for Your High Heels

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A killer pair of heels might make you feel confident, sexy, and attractive. But, there’s solid evidence that your favorite Jimmy Choos are placing you at risk of serious injury.

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In a recent study, collegiate women who wore shoes with 10 cm high heels more than three times per week to their classes developed an imbalance of four functional ankle muscles. Although wearing high-heeled shoes appeared to strengthen ankle muscles at first, prolonged use eventually caused an imbalance. This imbalance is widely considered a crucial predictor of ankle injury.

So, even if you love the way you look in heels, it’s best for your health to limit the heels to special occasions only and to make ankle strengthening a part of your fitness routine. “It is clinically important for wearers of high heels to regularly perform ankle strengthening exercises, such as heel walking, toe tappers, and heel raises, and to limit the frequency of wearing high-heeled shoes as preventative measures,” said Dr. Yong-Seok Jee, co-author of the International Journal of Clinical Practice article.

If you’re looking for alternative shoes to wear, may we suggest investing in a pair of classic flat boots or pretty ballet flats? You’ll still be stylish, but your feet will thank you for the kindness!

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