Skip Nav
Workout Clothes
The 1 Pair of Sneakers You Need in Your Athleisure Lineup: Ultra Stylish and Made of Wool
Indoor Cycling
Get a Spin-Class Booty From Your Gym Workout: Use This Guided Playlist
Healthy Recipes
50-Calorie Lemon Coconut Protein Balls That Taste Like Summer!

How to Prevent High-Heel Injuries

4 Important Exercises Every High-Heel Wearer Should Do


There may be benefits to working out in heels, but those leg-lengtheners can also be bad news for your body. Constant heel-wearing can lead to a host of problems, from inflamed nerves to long-term joint problems. Scary stuff, right? To prevent that from happening to you, read on for four important types of strengthening and stretching exercises for anyone who is head over heels for high heels.

  1. Calves: Hoofing it on heels leaves your calf muscles in a shortened position, which can mean weakened muscles when the heels come off. Remember to stretch after wearing heels in order to give those muscles relief. The classic yoga pose Downward Dog lengthens the calves, as do these simple calf stretches.
  2. Ankles: Walking on stick-thin stiletto heels is no small feat. To help prevent a tumble and serious injury, incorporate simple exercises that strengthen your ankles, like lateral hops and flexing your feet with a resistance band.
  3. Balance: The lift you get from wearing heels also challenges your body's sense of equilibrium, which can mean a lot of muscles are working to keep you upright. This can lead to more pressure on your lower back, so add a few one-legged yoga moves to your morning routine, like Tree Pose, or trace the alphabet with one foot while standing on the other leg; this exercise strengthens the muscles around both ankles. Also focus on ab-strengthening exercises to help your body reposition itself correctly when you've been strutting around in those four-inchers.
  4. Achilles tendon: If you're a regular heel wearer, then switching abruptly from heels to flats can cause Achilles tendonitis — when your Achilles tendon, which attaches your calf muscle to the heel, becomes inflamed. Make sure you keep your Achilles tendon happy with a few strengthening stretches like this one: stand on a step or curb with your heels hanging off, and rise up and down on your toes.
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Lipgloss-and-Spandex Lipgloss-and-Spandex 4 years
I love wearing heels (and my boyfriends loves it when I wear them too), but as a runner, I need to prevent injury as much as possible. I'm definitely going to start doing these exercises.
How to Do a Two-Point-Touch Plank
Why Women Should Do Preacher Curls Arm Exercise
Workouts Using a Wall
How to Do Down Dog Ab Yoga Pose
5-Minute Yoga Workout For Abs
Tone It Up Bikini Workout
Game of Thrones Fitness Game

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
X