Reflexology…and the “High Heel”

                                                 

                                                                         Ouch!@#!

Nothing looks more aesthetically beautiful than a woman’s calf – as the result of a high-heeled shoe.

Most women feel about shoes…like some people feel about Lays potato chips…they can’t just have one.

I know this to be true, because most of my friends are female…it’s an obesession!

Most shoe companies would go out of business if it were not for the grace of women.

And me, Mr. Boring Man…has one pair of dress shoes, one pair of sneakers, a pair of boots for the winter, and a set of flip-flops for the summer….woo-woo!

However, because of this “shoe exceitment” – women seem to have the most foot problems.

 

~Foot Notes~

~ 8 out of 10 women develop foot problems from wearing high heels on a regular basis.

~ Wearing high heels can shorten the Achilles tendon overtime, causing heel pain and decrease range of motion. 75 percent of the 2 million Americans that suffer from heel pain are women.

~ High heels force the weight of the body forward, placing 90 percent of your body weight over the balls of the feet. This added pressure to the forefeet increases your risk of forefoot injury, and it throws off body alignment.

~ High-heeled shoes have narrow, pointed toe boxes that cramp the toes and forefeet, contributing to foot problems like corns, hammertoes, and bunions.

 

~Reflexology~

Not only do wearing  high-heeled shoes affect the feet and body alignment, but they also put excessive pressure on all the reflex points of the feet. Over time, this pressure begins to “over-stimulate” these points, causing more imbalance with not only the physical structure, but also the energetic structure of an individual.

It can throw the “whole being” out of whack.

 

Now, I’m not saying you should go from heels to flats for the rest of your life…however, moderation is the name of the game.

 

~Suggestions~ 

~ Save your “pumps” for special occasions.

~ If you enjoy wearing heels to work, try switching off in the middle of the day to something flatter.

~ Go barefoot when you’re at home.

~ Stretch and rotate your feet daily.

~ If you notice any changes in the structure of your feet – visit a Podiatrist.

~ Receive pedicures.

~ And try some professional foot reflexology once a month – to keep yourself balanced.

 

Remember, we only get one set of feet in this lifetime…so treat them with respect and care.

Your “entire being” will be so glad you did.

High heal, ladies…and be well!

 

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Little Foot Care Book”- Erika Dillman

And the “American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society”

 

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