Does Wearing High Heels Make Your Calves Bigger?

Lindsey Metrus

Heel-wearing girls know that a good pair of pumps are like instant confidence. High heels elongate the legs, "lift" our thighs and glutes, and instantly transform an outfit from standard to chic. However, we can't deny that after a full day of strutting around in stilettos, our feet and legs take a major beating. Numbness, cramped calves, and sore tendons and muscles are usually the result of a day spent in high heels. Which begs the question: Does all of this soreness and lifting mean that our calf muscles are, well, growing? According to a recent study in The Journal of Experimental Biology, not quite.

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