Miley Cyrus and High Heels at the Gym: Is It Healthy?

Miley Cyrus says she wears high heels to the gym to get a workout in a similar vein as she performs. Is this healthy?

In general, this is not healthy. The joints are not functioning in their normal alignment, and some muscles and tendons are stretched more and working harder than they should be.


How Can Wearing Heels Impact Your Injury Risk?

Wearing high heels puts you at greater risk of injuries on the ball of the foot and toes, such as stress fractures, "metatarsalgia", and more chronic issues such as hammertoes and neuromas. It also increases the chance of injuries related to ankle stability, such as sprains and tendon injuries. However, believe it or not, wearing a higher heel actually decreases the risk of some injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon issues.

What Would You Advise Non-Performers Do When It Comes to Footwear for the Gym?

The basic recommendations are to wear shoes that are specific for whatever activity you're doing and shoes that your feet are used to wearing. But, if you're motivated and adventurous, it can also be good to mix it up a little bit in order to encourage muscle activity that you wouldn't normally get. A good example would be to do a portion of the workout barefoot (only a few minutes at first!).exercising in heels

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The Health Risks of Wearing High Heels to the Gym

Q: Is it healthy to wear high heels to the gym like Miley Cyrus?

A: No, it’s not healthy. It misaligns joints and overstretches muscles and tendons.

Q: How do heels impact injury risk?

A: High heels increase the risk of stress fractures, metatarsalgia, hammertoes, neuromas, and ankle sprains. They may reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon issues.

Q: What should non-performers wear to the gym?

A: Wear activity-specific shoes that you're accustomed to. Occasionally mix it up to activate different muscles, such as doing part of the workout barefoot for a few minutes.

Richard H. Graves, DPM
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