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Years of wearing fashionable high heeled shoes has finally caught up with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. She recently had to see a Podiatrist for the foot pain she was experiencing and she was told that her foot was doing things that it shouldn't be able to and that she even created a bone that shouldn't be there. What????? How can you create a bone, especially at her age.

 It's actually not that uncommon to have a bone or two more or less than someone else; they're called accessory ossicles. Accessory ossicles are bones that do not appear as part of our normal anatomy and are often the result of repetitive trauma. It is her body's way of protecting itself from the trauma it is receiving on a daily basis. The Sex and the City star reports that she literally ran in high heeled shoes. For ten years, Parker reports that she worked eighteen hour days in high heels and never took them off. She says that she never had any problems wearing high heels until recently while filming "I Don't Know How She Does It,"where she reports that she wore cheaper high heeled shoes than what she is used too. Parker's typical shoes average between 800 to 1,000 dollars and a cheap pair of shoes for her is going to be around 600 dollars. This far exceeds the price that the average woman is going to pay for high heels and while I can't comment on a 1,000 dollar pair of high heeled shoes, ( I would hope they would be okay for your feet at that price) the typical high heeled shoes that women wear are going to be bad for their feet.

The typical pair of high heeled shoes that I have seen women wear often have a narrow toe box that will squish their toes and put their feet in an awkward position that causes them to walk in a way that they normally wouldn't. Now I'm not saying to never wear high heels, I know that sometimes we want to look our best, but please don't wear them for eighteen hours or go running in them. If you have questions about high heeled shoes or you are experiencing pain from wearing them, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and get all you questions answered.

Jonathan Purdy, DPM


Demi Lovato, a singer-songwriter, actress, and former X-factor judge slipped on her hard wood floors this past weekend and fell, injuring her foot. Lovato’s roommate recently cleaned their hard wood floors with Pledge and when the former X-factor judge walked on it she slipped and fell and is now on crutches and in a walking boot. No reports have been released on the extent of her injuries but based on pictures that Demi posted on Twitter; it appears that it may be a lateral ankle sprain or possibly a distal fibula fracture.

Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common ankle injuries that a person is likely to receive in their lifetime. Lateral ankle sprains occur when a person does something to injure the ligaments that are on the outer side of their ankle such as slipping on freshly cleaned hard wood floors. But that’s not the only way someone can receive a lateral ankle sprain, really anything that might cause you to twist your ankle could cause a lateral ankle sprain. Common causes include slipping on icy sidewalks in the winter time, tripping on objects that you don’t see on the ground, and most commonly from sports injuries due to cutting maneuvers that players perform in various sports such as football, soccer, and basketball.

If you think you sustained a lateral ankle injury, you should perform R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression, and elevation and then you should get to your local New Iberia podiatrist to check it out. Often treatments include wearing a walking boot and using crutches (as in Demi’s case) for about two weeks in order for it to heal. Demi had some good advice for avoiding these types of injuries, “Never, ever, ever, EVER let your roommate clean your hardwood floors with Pledge.” Demi is maintaining a positive outlook despite her injuries and that is the most important thing a person can do for any type of injury. We here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Demi a speedy recovery and if you or a loved one is also experiencing pain from an ankle sprain or any other common foot injuries, make an appointment and we will help you get back on your feet!

Jon Purdy, DPM