When Wearing High Heels Could Get You Busted

Strutting in high heels is a bad idea if you're pretending to have a broken toeCheck out this crazy story. Shawna Lynn Palmer, a 22-year-old Southern California resident, filed a worker’s compensation claim stating that, in March, she’d fractured a toe on her left foot while working at the Stater Brothers grocery store. In her claim, she said the injury was so painful, she could not t place any weight on her foot, could not move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time, and was thus unable to do her job as a clerk at the store.

During multiple doctor’s visits, she continued to complain of pain’ she was even given an orthopedic shoe and crutches and was told to elevate her foot and stay home from work.

That’s when things got interesting. During the time period when she could hardy walk due to her terrible foot injury, insurance investigators trawled her social media accounts and discovered videos of her strutting around in high heels as a beauty pageant contest in at least two competitions, including the Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix contest

Deputy Insurance Commissioner Byron Tucker told the New York Daily News, “"She certainly possessed beauty and bravado, but certainly not too much brains." The not-so-injured beauty queen has since been arrested on charges of fraud. She faces up to a year in jail and payment of $24,000 in fines and restitution.

My take on all this, as a Houston podiatrist. High heels hurt your feet enough on their own, there’s no reason to fake an injury. Skip the doctor’s office if you just want a day or two off work, but if you’re really experiencing foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider so you can find relief. 

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