For all you lovers of high-heels out there, take note of a new trend that’s started in (where else) New York: yoga instructor Yamuna Zake has begun teaching practices that reportedly beat the foot pain associated with wearing stilettos.
Apparently this is the way it works: to take part in Zake’s ‘foot yoga’ classes, you bring in your most extreme pair of high heels and work with the group to develop a less damaging walk.
The classes last about an hour and during that time, students use special small balls, developed by Zake, that help massage your feet and teach you how to evenly distribute your weight when standing or walking in heels (this is great because it prevents you from putting too much pressure on any one area of the foot, which can lead to injury).
Right now, New York is the only place you can take one of Zake’s classes, although she’s apparently about to take the show on the road to Moscow. For those of you who are intrigued by the idea, however, you can try her home ‘foot fitness kit’ that costs $65 and includes ball tools and a DVD.
Like your friendly Houston podiatrist, Zake doesn’t really want women to wear high heels; again, like me, she does say that it’s OK to slip on a pair every so often, "just as long as you are smart and have a healthy foot practice regimen."
As most of you know, no matter how often you practice foot yoga, wearing high heels too often can aggravate bunions or lead to painful conditions like neuromas. Foot yoga may help your feet feel more comfortable when you walk in heels, but you’d still be wise to avoid wearing towering shoes most days. If you don’t, I’ll likely be seeing you at Tanglewood Foot Specialists for your foot pain more frequently than you’d expect.