Published: 2011-08-24 10:29:51
What motivated you to do podiatric medicine?
I was always fascinated with the human body. As a competitive gymnast, I saw the body as a machine which, if trained properly, could achieve fascinating speed, power and grace. After undergraduate school, I became involved in fitness and experienced the satisfaction of positively impacting someone’s life. Wanting to take my fitness career to the next level, I decided to pursue podiatry as it would enable me to combine my passions for human movement, fitness and sports medicine.
A lot of doctors urge women not to wear high-heels for “health” reasons. With your Catwalk workout and recovery method, is it really safe and healthy for women to live in their heels?
My take on the whole “women and high-heels” issue is that we, women, know that high-heels are bad for our feet, knees and lower back. We all experience the pains associated with prolonged high-heel wear. But this is not enough to stop us from sliding them on the next time we have a dinner date or drinks with the girls.
Women are tired of doctors telling them that high-heels are bad for them. Understanding how much women love high-heels, and having a penchant for high-heels myself, I wanted to provide women with the knowledge and techniques needed to safely wear them.
I know it sounds crazy, but high-heels are a skill. Just like an ice skater trains to perform on the ice, or a gymnast trains to perform on the balance beam, a woman must train her body to walk and stand in high-heels. There are specific things women should be doing before, during and especially after wearing them.
If women follow the tips and tricks found in my book, Everyday Is Your Runway: A Shoe Lover’s Guide to Healthy Feet & Legs, or my Catwalk Confidence & Stiletto Recovery DVDs, this will greatly be minimizing the negative impact high-heels have on their feet and body.