It is not only ladies fashion shoes but also men’s shoes and trainers now that come with a ‘marked heel raise’. This change of position will have an effect on the wearer and it can be bad news for those who exercise. With the raised heel we will balance more on our mid-foot and toes which then requires our calf muscles and quadriceps to work even harder. This results in tight calf muscles which in turn may cause us to change our body position. We will tend to tilt the pelvis forward; the consequence may be back pain.
Naturally we tend to point our foot forwards and downwards whether sitting at the computer, driving and even whilst asleep. Check this out on yourself now. It is possible that your foot is in this position for just about all day and night. Now wonder why you get tight calves?!
Try the ankle range of motion test: stand between 5 & 10cm away from a wall with your legs together. Keeping your heels on the ground, squat down allowing the knees to touch the wall. If the distance from the wall to the front of your big toe is 10cm or more you have good ankle mobility. Not only is this a good test but it is also a good way to improve mobility in the ankles.
If you have to wear shoes with a heel raise during the day get into the habit of removing them as soon as you get home. Walking around in bare feet or wearing a pair of ‘bare foot’ shoes in the evening will help to mobilise the joints in the feet. Whilst sitting at a desk try to ensure the whole of your foot is in contact with the floor.
You don’t have to throw away your expensive fashion shoes but be aware that keeping your foot in one position for much of the day will have an effect on your walking or running activities.