Beware Beckham's bunions...
Friday 27 November 2009
There's no doubt that Victoria Beckham looks incredible in her sky-high heels, but ever wonder what her feet look like when those Louboutins come off?
Like bunions, apparently! Years of gravity-defying heels have taken their toll on Ms Beckham's feet, causing the unsightly bumps to appear on her feet.
Bunions are a deformity of the joint between the foot and big toe, and manifest themselves as a protruding bump on the side of the foot.
Symptoms can include swelling and inflammation in the area, redness, irritated skin and pain when walking or wearing certain footwear.
Experts have hinted that high heels are one of the culprits, as they force the bulk of your body weight onto the balls of your feet instead of spreading it out evenly, meaning the joint stops functioning properly.
While the craze for platform shoes has managed to save some heel lovers from bunions, there are still risks of sprained ankles, blisters and ingrown toenails for those who wear heels regularly.
If you can't resist, though, here are our top tips for keeping your feet picture perfect when your shoes are off!
Try platforms As above, lessening the height of your heels can take the edge off the height of your heels - meaning you can get away with 5-inch heels!
Consider cushioning Gel pads are a great option if you know you're going to be standing or dancing in heels for a prolonged period of time - they might not feel like they're doing much, but the cushioning will reduce impact on the nerves on the balls of your feet.
Switch to flats Sources close to Posh say that she's considering surgery to ease the pain caused by bunions - if you'd like to save your feet from the same fate, keep your sky-scraping heels for nights out!
Do you wear heels? Ever had any problems with your feet?