NORFOLK -- It's called London Trash, and it has flown off the shelves of a chic boutique in Virginia Beach. London Trash, a yellow stiletto pump, checks in at 7 and three-quarters inches tall. At almost 8 inches, this shoe is part of the hot trend in fashion. They're called extreme high heels.
On the party scene in Hampton Roads, women are standing, prancing and dancing in shoes some doctors say are good for one thing: sitting and crossing your legs.
For many years, the medical community has sounded the alarm about high heels. Doctors suggest that heels should be no higher than two inches, but recently the fashion industry has reached new heights with heels that are higher, thinner and with a narrow toe box.
Bon Secours podiatrist, Dr. Wynta Williams calls the combination dangerous. "When your toe comes down your heel strikes, and your toes need room to spread in order to support your weight. So, in these shoes your toes are just about on top of each other, says Williams.
The high fashion shoes can lead to steep medical bills. Dr. Williams says permanent damage can include bunions, calluses, hammer toes and shortened Achilles tendons which lead to back pain.
But many women will not give up their heels, unless that are absolutely forced to. That's where Dr. Neal Blizt of New York comes in. Dr. Blitz is among a growing number of surgeons who are performing what is called bunionplasty. It is plastic surgery for the foot. http://bunionsurgeryny.com
Dr. Williams of Virginia Beach says she will operate because a patient is in pain, but she will not operate for the sole purpose of fitting into high heels. Her RX for good foot health calls for lower and wider heels with a wider toe box.