Celebrities are under enormous pressure to appear tall, thin and fashionable at all times. As a result, many turn to towering pumps, wedges, platforms and boots in an effort to remain a head above the rest at the cost of their foot health. Bunions, hammer toe, fractures and fallen arches are all endured in the name of fashion.
Recently, actress Rose McGowan told the press that she has a hairline fracture in her baby toe as a result of wearing high heels for extended periods of time daily. Luckily, the star had the know-how to fashion a makeshift splint for her injury.
"Heels. I collapsed after three days [of wear], about 14 to 15 hours of heels per day," McGowan said, quoted by People magazine. "All I did was bind my toes together with extra Band-Aids and a quarter of a popsicle stick."
According to the news source, the actress scoffed at the idea of wearing flats to events, demonstrating the loyalty that some ladies have to these foot torture devices they call shoes.
Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) contestant and talk show host Ricki Lake has already been taking to Twitter with reports of a twisted ankle. While the actress didn't reveal how it happened, it's probably safe to guess that it was a result of doing some fancy footwork while wearing heels, the shoe of choice for DWTS ladies.
Additionally, Victoria Beckham, Amy Adams, Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Brooke Shields and Iman all reportedly have – or had – the bony deformity known as a bunion. What else do these stars have in common? A penchant for towering, toe-pinching heels. Coincidence? I think not.
Of these celebrities, only two are known to have gone under the knife for painful bunion surgery: Beckham and Shields.
In 2008, Shields, who apparently also had hammer toes, was photographed hobbling around town on crutches with braces on each foot after undergoing the surgery.
According to a 2007 Daily Mail report, Beckham waited until moving to the U.S. to have her bunion surgery, which she developed after years of trotting around on stage as Posh Spice in stilettos.
Perhaps these ladies would do well to invest their money in bunion splints or orthotics, rather than shoes that will only exacerbate their pain. These devices are known to help correct unsightly foot deformities without the need for invasive bunion surgery.