Beauty and fame typically come with a price – whether in the literal sense of shelling out big bucks for designer shoes and apparel, or in the more figurative meaning of the word, in which the privilege to walk the red carpet in sky-high stilettos every weekend leads to a rather hideous situation below the ankles.
Just ask stars like Keri Hilson, Katie Holmes and Oprah, who were recently featured on the fashion blog StyleBlazer.com for having bunions, hammer toes, corns and just plain ugly feet as a result of strutting around in pencil-thin stilettos and neck-breaking platforms.
Nice face, enviable career, but you wouldn't want those toes
The beautiful singer-cum-actress Keri Hilson was photographed in a pair of magenta platform T-strap heels, whose loveliness was stymied by corns on her smaller toes and what appears to be early-stage hammer toe on her left foot.
The style blog also called out Katie Holmes, who was spotted in a pair of strappy nude heels that revealed some claw-like toes on both feet. Looks like Holmes joins Hilson in the celebrity hammer toe club.
Oprah has long been known to suffer from bunions. She's even talked openly about it on her television show, giving the audience some advice on bunion correction. It appears as though O continues on her mission to avoid bunion surgery, as the style blog caught an image of her wearing flip flops that exposed some sizable bony deformities at her big toe joints.
Don't be like these celebs – practice bunion prevention
While the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that foot problems like bunions are largely genetic, there are some measures you can take to keep these bony deformities at bay.
First, know your risk. If your mother or grandmother have bunions or hammer toe, you'll need to be extra vigilant in keeping your feet healthy. That means avoiding shoes with high heels and narrow toes, as well as wearing bunion splints or orthotics as a preemptive effort to keep the toe joints in place.
If comfortable footwear and orthotic devices don’t work, you can use ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, to manage pain and inflammation.
According to the NIH, people who experience significant pain or immobility as a result of their bunions may consider bunion surgery as a last-resort option for bunion correction.