I have a young woman working in my office who used to be a high heel addict. Now as a mother of two young children, she has traded most of those heels in for flats and sneakers, but on some occasions, she has told me she’ll still run around in some of her old, “cuter” pairs.
On Monday, she came into work with a slight hobble, obviously hoping I wouldn’t notice. But I’m a Houston podiatrist: it’s my job to notice. Once she had settled in to her desk, I went over and casually asked her what happened.
With more than a touch of embarrassment, she explained that, over the weekend, she’d taken her kids to the grocery store and hadn’t changed out of the three inch wedge heels she’d worn that morning to meet a friend for brunch. As she was unbuckling one of her kids from his car seat, she stumbled and turned her ankle. Worse, she relayed with embarrassment, someone in the parking lot had seen it all happen and, after making sure she was ok, had told her, “I’ll tell you what I tell my daughter and wife: that’s why you should wear sensible shoes!”
After examining her to make sure she didn’t have an ankle sprain or fracture (luckily, she was fine), I let her know I’d be writing about her this week with the following moral: in order to ensure women’s foot health, save high heels for parties or special occasions, seek treatment for any ankle injury to prevent further damage, and come see Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists for any troubling foot pain. Even if you don’t work with me.