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This year’s holiday ‘must have’? Collagen Feet Fillers

December 21, 2009

The holidays provide plenty of occasions to get dressed up, and for many women the perfect party outfit includes a pair of killer heels. They make your legs look great, but teetering around on several inches of stiletto can be hazardous to your health. High heels cause bunions; strain the feet, ankles, knees and back; and can lead to sprains and broken bones (especially after a few glasses of rum egg nog). They also cause foot pain: the higher the heel, the worse the pain – until now.

In the run-up to Christmas, an increasing number of women are opting to fight the pain with collagen feet fillers. For just under $400, you can have collagen – a natural protein found in skin tissue – injected into the balls of your feet to help reduce the pain caused by wearing sky-high heels. Lasting 2-3 months, it’s just the right amount of time (and padding) to get you through the holidays in style.

As a petite woman, I have more than a few pairs of high heels in my closet (although I’m more concerned about being able to make eye contact with fellow party-goers than showing off a pair of gorgeous gams). But as heels seem to keep growing higher, I find myself wandering through shoe stores contemplating how I’m supposed to WALK in such vertiginous footwear, let alone dance the night away.

Are collagen fillers the solution to women’s aching feet, or another sign that we’re going too far in the name of fashion? After all, a pair of fabulous-looking stilettos hardly seem worth the $400 feet injections (that’s $2,400 a year to plump up the pads of your feet!). And even if you successfully avoid the pain today, what about tomorrow? After years of wearing towering heels, it was recently revealed that Victoria Beckham may need surgery on her feet to remove painful bunions (no doubt not as simple and painless a procedure as the feet fillers).

So, for those of us who prefer to skip the collagen feet fillers, bunions and back pain – but still want a little lift – doctors recommend wearing high heels in moderation and choosing a shorter heel (a 2-inch heel causes fewer problems than a 4-inch heel). Your feet will thank you.

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