According to Core Specialist, Cheryl Coppa, our shoes have A LOT to do with our pelvis and there are a couple of reasons why
It’s no secret that the shoes we choose to wear affect the health of our feet. We jam our feet into these odd-shaped and beautiful shoes that lead to bunions and deformed toes and even completely change the shape of our feet.
As we know, if you have been following along with these newsletters, everything is connected. If your feet are sore, tight, and tired, then the chances are that your pelvic floor is as well. I’m not saying to ditch your cute shoes completely, it's just something to be mindful of. I packed my six-inch heels for our Ola Ka Ola event this past weekend, and they were only for pics 😂.
I ditched them right after. But they are so hot 🔥🔥🔥 There are also occasions where I will wear my heels for the entire time, it's just not a regular thing. Most of the time I am barefoot since I work from home and the shoes I mostly wear outside of the house are flat and supported. Think about anytime you wear heels, take a look at your side profile in the mirror. Where are your hips? Are they thrusting forward?
We have covered the alignment topics repeatedly. Now try walking, what’s happening to your booty? Are you squeezing your booty to stay balanced? If so, this will tighten your pelvic floor as well which contributes to pelvic floor dysfunction. Now, if you are in this position for extended periods of time on a regular basis, we are for sure contributing to our dysfunction.
So what can we do?
We can possibly limit the amount of time we spend in these shoes. However, If you are like “These boots were made for walking” and not up for the fashion sacrifice, you have options to support your body still.
Make sure to roll out your feet, I’ll post a video at the bottom that was included in a past newsletter on how to do this. Might as well stretch out the calf, hamstring, and booty muscles, so the pelvis and pelvic floor can easily come back to their natural alignment. Very simple stretch.
An additional tip would be to wear toe yoga socks! YES! Those silly-looking socks have a purpose! Besides helping you feel grounded and toes spread for yoga moves, these will help your toes separate and release tendons, and joint muscles that have been crammed into your shoes.
So you see, beauty can be a pain. But. you still can support your body and pelvis with these small simple tips.
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About Cheryl Coppa
✔️ A certified Core Confidence Specialist (Pre & postnatal fitness, pelvic Floor, diastasis)
✔️ A certified Personal Trainer specializing in women's fitness over 40
✔️ Low-Pressure Fitness / Hypopressive certified by creator Dr. Tamara Rial
✔️ Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist
✔️Instructor of the Pelvic Floor Health program, Ola Ka Ola