Sarah Jessica Parker says high heels have ruined her feet.

Sarah Jessica Parker Says High Heels Ruined Her Feet. What About Yours?

Sarah Jessica Parker says high heels have ruined her feet. Have you heard? Sarah Jessica Parker is telling all, and talking smack about high heels. (Say it isn’t so!)

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.

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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.

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Jennifer McDowell
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Jennifer is a public relations professional who assists the Baylor Scott & White Health team on numerous projects. Born in Tennessee, she came to the “Big D” by way of SMU. Prior to this gig, she was the associate producer of an award-winning syndicated medical news segment.

1 thought on “Sarah Jessica Parker Says High Heels Ruined Her Feet. What About Yours?”

  1. Although you hear a lot about the effects of high heels, thongs are seldom mentioned. However, they can be just as dangerous for the health of your foot. This applies to men and women both! A pair of comfortable sandals are much better than those dreadful thongs which can cause all kinds of cramps and discomfort.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Says High Heels Ruined Her Feet. What About Yours?