Suffering for Fashion

American beauty icon Marilyn Monroe purportedly once quipped, “I don’t know who invented high heels but all women owe him a lot.”  Well, it turns out that he owes women a lot…of apologies. 

While covering the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, I came across a public service campaign warning women of the dangers of those darling stilettos.  “There are savage shoes in every closet,” according to the print advertisements, jointly sponsosored by AOFAS and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

High heels cause discomfort and can lead to a future of foot pain, bunions, hammertoes, other foot deformities, and knee and back problems.  For those women who are determined to keep their Manolos and Jimmy Choos, the AOFAS offer tips to share with patients to help minimize the damage.  There are also footwear guides and tips for those–like me–who like their well-cushioned and properly fitting flats.

By the way, I’m not going to be the one to give the bad news to Carrie Bradshaw and the rest of the Sex in the City women.

—Kerri Wachter, @knwachter on Twitter

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