Why are we all wearing high heels?
At what point in time was it decided that the human foot was engineered completely WRONG?
According to the footwear industry it turns out our heel and forefoot, responsible for carrying us from our past and into our future, are not meant to be on the ground together.
Thankfully these Footwear Maestros have worked diligently over many years to ensure the incredible structures known as our FEET spend hour after hour, day after day, with our heel set significantly higher than our Toes.
This amazing discovery is called HEEL PITCH…and it is EVIL!!
Apart from deformity, Olympic weightlifting and other highly specialised sporting movements, there is no logical reason to lift the heel higher than our toes in a shoe.
Heel Pitch, from the time we start school at age 5, SHORTENS our achilles tendon and calf muscles…
Tight, short calf muscles are involved in plantar fascia and achilles injuries, along with shin splints and knee pain.
Elevating your heel higher than your toes also causes your pelvis to rotate anteriorly.. Which, in turn, causes your glutes (butt muscles.. and a large component of your “core”) to switch off.
That’s right – no matter how many abs and butt classes you do at the gym, walking around all day in your ASICS Kayanos and work shoes reduces the function of those very muscles you are spending time and money training.
It is not uncommon to hear podiatrists, medical and footwear “experts” advise people not to wear flat shoes because their heels will get sore.
The heels only get sore because you are so use to being in high heeled shoes (yes, your joggers are high heels in my world) your calf muscles have shortened.
The question I have never heard answered is:
“At what age is it appropriate to lift the heel higher than the toes.. causing a NEGATIVE effect to every joint right up to the Neck?”
My children are strong, healthy and active.. all day, every day. They run around more than any of us adults and have no achilles pain with their heels and forefoot on the same level, just as they were born.
Do you really think their needs change at age 5 when they go to school? And it becomes necessary to shorten their calf muscles and destroy their posture?
I invite any comments below on reasoning the need for heel pitch as I have never heard a logical reason for it.. Ever.
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