She became synonymous with incredible shoes when she starred as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex & The City.” But she recently told Net-A-Porter’s online magazine, high heels have permanently damaged her feet.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained.”
Until now apparently.
I feel SJP’s pain. If you have ever seen a 20-something Brunette jumping up and down on the side of the road somewhere in Dallas, it was probably me. No, I wasn’t having a mental breakdown. I was having a toe cramp.
I can PROMISE you, it is much more painful than it sounds.
That isn’t the only painful side effect I’ve experienced due to my fashionable footwear. From high to low, shoes have come to be a tricky business for me. But I really doubt that I’m in the minority when it comes to this issue. Women put their feet through a pounding. And high heels only make it worse.
I told CBS11’s Adrienne Bankert about my toe woes in the video below. She also went to podiatrist Samuel Nava, DPM on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, to find out what women can do to protect their toes.
SHOE SHOPPING TIPS
Here are some good take-aways from Dr. Nava’s advice:
- Choose shoes wide enough at the end so they don’t put added pressure on your feet all day
- Buy shoes at the end of the day when your foot is already swollen
- Girls under 16 should wear lower heels and actually avoid flats or ballerina flats that don’t have any arch support at all
Oh, and those crazy toe cramps I suffer from…turns out I was wearing cheap flip-flops and constantly gripping with my toes to keep them on. The solution? A pair of thick, leather flip-flops with much more support.
Dr. Nava also suggested massage or acupuncture. That’s how I justify my bi-weekly pedicures. (No seriously! I do start having those pesky fits of toe cramping if I postpone my appointment a week or two.) Call me crazy, but at least I won’t LOOK crazy jumping up and down on the side of the road.