Do This Workout if You Wear High Heels

Wearing high heels like these puts pressure on the feet. Find a workout that combats that pressure!I always devote space on this blog to reminders about the damage high heels can cause to women’s feet, so I won’t spend too much time reminding you that over-wearing stilettos can lead to bunions, hammertoes, foot pain and numerous other complications…

Instead, I want to share this awesome new workout program I saw on People.com that’s specially designed to combat high-heel associated foot pain!

Called the High Heel Rescue Workout, the program created by dancer Ilaria Cavagna uses two “Rescue Loops”—sets of leather loops connected by a tension spring—to help work out the feet. The program utilizes the loops in a series of movements that last 30 seconds to a minute each; all the movements are designed to help release tension and increase blood circulation in the feet.

Curious what this workout looks like? Check out one of the program’s signature moves:

Put the larger loops around the feet just below the joint of the little toe. Extend the legs, having the legs hip-width apart, which already engages the glutes when you lift, and you just pull out the toes lightly. The little movement connects the work of the ankle all the way to the hips. If you flex the foot more you elongate the posterior part [of the leg], which usually if you wear heels shortens because of the position of the ankle.”

Even if you don’t want to invest in the Rescue Loops, there are numerous ways in which you can strengthen your feet through exercise and combat the effects of wearing high heels. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something. After all, as Cavagna says: “Working out the feet is really, really important. I don’t think too many people know that. Getting them strong is important because they’re the foundation of our body. If your feet are in good health, the rest of the body is in good health and can stand properly.”

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.