What the Heel? - FIT Human Performance

What the Heel?


February 17, 2013

Chances are great that this person has pain!

Over the years we have watched women (ordinarily) sport heels for a number of reasons.  And in some cases, even wear a shoe like this!  Aside from looks and the obvious height advantage…what else can I share with you about this picture?

First, there is a 100% certainty that the gastrocnemius muscle is in a shortened position for an extended period of time. In laymen terms, the calf muscle and attaching achilles tendon are getting shorter over time. This in turn shortens the hamstrings of the rear upper thigh, which by the way pulls the back of the hip downward (otherwise called a posterior pelvic tilt). That in turn puts the lower backs lordodic (low back) curve or arch opposite of its functional position, and that my friends creates an impingement between the lumbar disc’s of your spine.  All of this can create a lot of discomfort, possibly leading to pain and injury.  This is not just isolated to women either; men’s dress shoes and boots also elevate the heels.

Now you ask me why I am bringing this information to The Bob Report?

Well as you know, I happen to have an opinion when it comes to certain exercises or fitness trends.  What you will NOT hear me rave about or support is a ‘fitness trend’ called “High Heel Fitness.” Working out in high heels, the sexiest way to stay in shape! I THINK NOT.  Please, if you find yourself interested in this way of thinking,you are not thinking!

In fitness we look at short calf muscles as a dysfunction, and correct the tension created with proper stretching and applicable strengthening. If you feel like your hamstrings or hips are tight, contact F.I.T. today to find out just how quickly we can help you get the muscles lengthened, stronger, and pain-free!

In good health,


‘If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.’ – Sue Grafton