You may know Kathy Bates as the creepiest care-giver from Misery or, more recently, as the bearded woman on American Horror Story: Freak Show (the role for which she was nominated, but didn’t win) but, after a harrowing event at this past weekend’s Golden Globes awards, she’s become the official poster child for foot pain.
According to US Weekly’s reporting, about an hour after the awards ceremony got under way, Kathy Bates screamed out in pain and nearly collapsed, only managing to avoid a fall by steadying herself on her chair. She limped back to her chair and seemed to be crying in pain, bystanders said, suggesting that the problem had been caused by someone stepping on Ms. Bates’ foot.
Fear not, Kathy fans: US reporters caught up with the star later in the evening, at an after-party, where she happily reported, “I’m fine now! I’m absolutely fine!”
Foot injuries can be some of the most intensely painful because the feet, particularly the soles, are one of the most sensitive areas of the body (this is due to the high concentration of nerves necessary to adjust to stimuli in order to keep us from falling.)
Because almost every bump to the foot is painful, people have a tendency to brush off an injury once the pain fades or dissipates, but I’m here to tell you: that’s a mistake. A stubbed toe that you decided to walk off could actually have caused a hairline fracture that, left untreated, will come back to haunt you down the road.
My rule of thumb (or toe, if you prefer) is this: if it hurts badly enough to keep you from walking for more than a minute or two, chances are you should have your Houston podiatrist check it out. After all, better safe than unknowingly walking around with a sprained or broken foot.