Cher, an icon of the music industry, has decided to go under the knife, once again…and no, it’s not for plastic surgery. The “I’ve Got You Babe” singer has revealed that she’ll soon have foot surgery to eliminate the foot pain she’s been experiencing since she suffered a bad fracture in the 1990s. Apparently the break happened when a piece of equipment fell off the wall at her rehearsal studio and crushed her foot.
Cher has clearly lived with the discomfort of this injury for a long time, so why has she decided to fix things know? According to her twitter feed, the injury causes her so much pain that she can’t even wear her high heels anymore; she actually squeezed into a pair for the last time before surgery when she recently guest-judged Dancing with the Stars, but afterwards tweeted: “"LAST NITE,WAS LAST NITE 2WEAR HEELS TILL AFTER OPERATION...SOOO...I BIT THE BULLET..&..WORE THEM! HEAVEN & pain, But WORTH IT... 6 wks (weeks) till I'm running around on STILETTOS!"
For many women, wearing high heels can be extremely painful without a compounding injury; I am actually quite surprised that Cher has waited this long to undergo an operation. It sounds as though her fracture was not treated properly initially, and she has been suffering the consequences for over a decade.
In my Houston podiatrist office, I carefully examine a fracture before determining a course of treatment. If you have a clean break with no displacement, I will isolate the bone to allow healing, either with a cast or a walking boot, depending on the location of the fracture. If, however, you have a displaced fracture (the bone has shifted over), I will recommend surgery so that you can heal properly and avoid future discomfort.
Life is too short to live with foot pain for ten years like Cher did. If you’ve broken your foot, ankle or toe, schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists to make sure you heal properly the first time around.