I’ve gotten a lot of really good advice about my recent knee problem from folks here on the blog, twitter, facebook, at the gym. A lot of it has been similar advice… nothing crazy,,, things like icing my knee, taking ibuprofen, keeping it elevated and just good old-fashioned days off from my workouts. It’s all good stuff! Totally makes sense. I’m doing all of it.
But there’s one piece of advice I’m having trouble with. My husband AND my trainer both told me I should not wear high heels. Wait – WHAT?!?!
Um, that’s going to be a problem. Because if I don’t wear heels… that means I wear… what, flats? I don’t OWN flats. I own high heels in a variety of styles/colors and I have sneakers. That’s it. I’m not a flats kind of girl. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been known to rock my Chuck Taylors at work (and I may or may not wear them while sitting at the news desk hee hee). But other than that… it’s all about the heel. The higher the better.
But now, I’m not supposed to. Here’s why Jerod Langness with 24-hour Fitness told me I should leave the heels at home.
“When you wear heels, your muscles throughout your legs are put in an imbalanced state. Your muscles in your shins are elongated, while your calf muscles are shortened,” he said. “Because of this, the rest of your leg compensates and becomes imbalanced as well, which can cause strain in your joints (ankles, knees, hips).”
Don’t you hate it when your trainer makes sense?? Me too.
But since I’m missing my workouts something FIERCE and I enjoy having a properly-working knee, I’m not wearing heels. I’m wearing snow boots. (I told you – I don’t own flats!!! Plus, the snow boots match my black work-slacks.)
And I will continue to ice my knee and elevate it and take ibuprofen and not workout. And who knows? You may see me on the news tomorrow rocking my Chucks.