I am not one to make light of any tragedy, particularly not a murder case, so I just want to post an update on a trial that began in Houston this week that caught my attention for obvious reasons.
On Monday, testimony in Houston began in the murder trial of Ana Trujillo, who is accused of killing her boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson, who was a professor and researcher at the University of Houston.
According to evidence presented by prosecutors, Trujillo attacked Andersson, knocked him to the ground, sat on him and stabbed him in the forehead with the heel of her stiletto shoe, 25 times. According to her defense attorneys, Trujillo was herself under attack and used the only weapon she had available, her high-heeled shoe, in order to defend herself from the much-larger Andersson.
I will be following the case until a verdict is reached; in the interim, allow me to say this. If the shoes you wear are sharp and pointy enough to be used as a murder weapon, they probably aren’t doing good things to your feet. Standing on a tiny point all day can affect the overall health of your feet, leaving you vulnerable to bunions, neuromas and hammertoes. Additionally, because of the crazy angle your feet sit at when you wear such high heels, repetitive stiletto wearing can alter your body physically, shortening your Achilles tendon and putting you at risk of developing Achilles tendinitis.
All of these foot problems can be very painful and serious, although of course not as serious as a pending murder charge. If you are in pain because of your frequent high-heel wearing, come see your Houston podiatrist for relief.