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Stretches for the Hell-Bent on Heels

By New You Editorial
Posted On Dec 20, 2016
Stretches for the Hell-Bent on Heels

If you regularly wear high heels, you may be weakening your ankles. Ankle muscles continuously contract to keep you upright, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As your muscles adapt to wearing heels, you need less contraction, though, which leads to a shortening of the muscles—and potential injury. For a possible fix, try standing toe raises: Balance on one foot and stretch lower leg muscles using a towel to pull your other foot toward you for 30  seconds. Or do your feet a favor and switch to flats (at least sometimes).