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What causes that falling backwards feeling after you take off high heels?
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Dr. Karl Mangold
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: Conditioning
When you wear high heels, especially for a long time, you are basically walking on your toes.
When you take the heels off, your calf has to stretch out to allow your foot to lie flat on the ground. That tension on your calf, which was contracted when you were in heels, pulls at the back of the leg and thigh, thus causing the sensation that you are being pulled backwards.

In brief: Conditioning
When you wear high heels, especially for a long time, you are basically walking on your toes.
When you take the heels off, your calf has to stretch out to allow your foot to lie flat on the ground. That tension on your calf, which was contracted when you were in heels, pulls at the back of the leg and thigh, thus causing the sensation that you are being pulled backwards.
Dr. Karl Mangold
Dr. Karl Mangold
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Dr. John Hanna
Changing the stetching of the length of tendons in your feet, sort of like getting use to the cold and then having a relatively warm day in January when it is 50. But 50 in August is bitterly cold in comparison.
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In brief: High heels
The strain is taken off of the bottom of the footand there is added pressure from the achilles tendon pulling on the back of the heel.

In brief: High heels
The strain is taken off of the bottom of the footand there is added pressure from the achilles tendon pulling on the back of the heel.
Dr. Raymond Stolarski
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