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When Sarah Jessica Parker Gives Up Heels There Must Really be a Problem Afoot

Posted by on Friday, March 15th, 2013

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Sarah Jessica Parker is a beloved actress. I know her best from her early turn in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, one of the most fun loving movies from the 80’s. It was my favorite movie to watch when I was home sick from school in third grade. But most women living in this decade know her best from Sex and the City, the blockbuster series about some women living in New York wearing fabulous shoes. Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, was famous in the show and in the real world for her incredibly expensive wardrobe in general, and for her Manolo Blahniks in particular. Manolos are basically the highest and pointiest of the high heels on the market. They’re fabulous to look at and, so I hear, fabulously uncomfortable to wear. And Parker wore them pretty much every episode, which meant she wore them for months of 18-hour-days over the course of 6 grueling seasons. Today, her poor feet are paying the price.

In a ridiculously splashy public statement (anything having to do with Carrie Bradshaw inevitably is) SJP (as she’s known to fans) revealed the shocking news.

“It’s sad because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like: ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop?”

For starters, I’m amazed SJP made it through those years of podiatric torment without any major abnormalities or surgeries. She never had debilitating bunions or plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis or hammertoes. These are extremely common problems in Hollywood, where stars with much less staying power and much lighter television schedules (I’m looking at you, Katie Holmes) have developed some serious foot problems from heels. But SJP hasn’t escaped entirely unscathed. Her podiatrist has a thing or two to say about her feet.

“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.”

This is just conjecture, but her doctor may be talking about Haglund’s deformity or “pump bump,” a condition in which a bony enlargement develops on the back of the heel, right where the shoe rubs the skin. The disorder is common in women who wear high heels. If it’s mild, it may resolve with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), but severe cases do typically require corrective surgery. So make like SJP and ditch those high heels! You may still want to wear them for special occasions but if a podiatrist recommends against them, like one did for SJP, just remember: what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas (like Redfoo at the XS!). SJP got a stern talking to for showing up to an awards show in her Manolos. The whole world’s still watching those Carrie Bradshaw feet, just for a different reason.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.