HBO’s Sex and The City has been off the air for years (not counting syndication), but actress Sarah Jessica Parker is making news again as Carrie Bradshaw, her beloved SATC character.
Yes, Carrie Bradshaw loved stilettos as much as she loved Mr. Big and her cronies, but unfortunately this love of all things Manolo is responsible for the actress’s current foot problems, and now she is going on a Jimmy Choo-free diet.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels,” Parker recently told Net-a-Porter. “I worked 18-hour days and never took them off.” (She wound up at the foot doctor after she slipped in a cheaper pair of heels while filming “I Don’t Know How She Does It”.) “I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there …You’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there,’” she said.
New York City podiatrist Krista Archer, DPM, says this is a common scenario. “I see many women who have worn any kind of shoe in their 20s, and then in their 30s, they start to have pain and their feet have had enough,” she says.
But, she cautions, “foot deformities are not caused by high heels. High heels aggravate existing foot deformities and many foot deformities are progressive in nature.”
This means that advancing age plus a 5-inch heel when combined with body weight and gravity crunching toes into the front of a pointy shoe box is a recipe for disaster.
According to Archer, the best remedy is logging fewer hours in shoes that hurt. “Wear the 5-inchers at the event, but do not wear them running to and from the event,” she says. “Moderation is key.”
And she is not pointing fingers (or toes, as the case may be). “I am the last person to tell a woman not to wear their beautiful shoes. I love them too!”
Treats for our Feet
“Be nice to your feet, get them massaged, give them a bath and a nice scrub,” she says. Archer’s foot care line, ARCH, makes this easy. ARCH Sole Savour Creme helps heal dry, cracking heel skin without parabens, sulfates, or fragrances. A 1.7-oz pump costs $38. There’s also ARCH Sole Savour Scrub, which relies on essential oils and natural extracts to exfoliate feet, and leave then feeling hydrated and refreshed. A 4-oz bottle retails for $20.00.
She also recommends Yamuna Foot Savers to release tension in the transverse arch of the foot ( which runs horizontally across the ball of the foot). “Tension in this area can cause certain foot problems,” she explains.