Lauren Alaina 3rd Degree Ankle Sprain in Portland - PHOTOS

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UPDATE: Lauren tweets: Good news &. Bad news. It’s not broken but I have a third degree sprain and I have a boot and crutches!

No word on whether she’ll have to miss performances or not. Adjustments will have to be made, at least.

Ouchie!

After intermission at the American Idols Live concert in Portland OR last night, Lauren Alaina kicked off the second half of the show by announcing she had hurt herself backstage!

Lauren, according to accounts, told the crowd she fell down the stairs backstage and twisted her ankle and had been crying for the past 20 min.

Joking even through the pain, Lauren said she was glad she fell backstage because otherwise America would see her fall down the stairs twice! (referring to the footage on Idol of her falling down a staircase in the Idol mansion, which the producers showed again and again.)

Trooper, Lauren still managed to meet fans after the show. She was wheeled out to the line, and back to the buses, but did get out of her chair to walk the line.

After the show, Lauren tweeted the photos above, “It hurts so bad!” she said, “Thanks everyone for the #getwellauren that’s so sweet(: love y’all.”

Get well soon, Lauren!

Lauren talks about falling down the stairs

 
  • windmills

    Ouch! But good for Lauren for fighting her way through it and even going above and beyond to meet the fans. Hope she feels better soon!

  • mzbet

    Oh, wow! How did she get those boots on and off after doing that!

  • Buffynut

    They need to get those stilletto heels off of these young women!! They are NOT Barbie Dolls!

  • chearts77

    OUCH s right!! What a trooper she is!! Glad today is a rest for them. Take some Motrin, if you can, Lauren. It helps reduce the swelling.

    Stylist, or whoever, let these girls dress comfortably. If the guys can, the girls should be able to as well.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. That is one swollen ankle! Lauren is a real trouper though and so good of her to make the effort to meet her fans after the show. None of these women need to be wearing such high heels – they’re stupid and dangerous.

  • Kirsten

    They need to get those stilletto heels off of these young women!!
    They are NOT Barbie Dolls!

    Totally! Those heels are a menace.

    Plus, think how they could be bouncing around the stage amping up the energy if they weren’t tottering about worried about placing a foot wrong. Think of how different “Born This Way” could be.

    You can see by the bruising that has already started in that picture that it’s likely a sprain.

    Is the curse of the runner-up back? Diana broke her foot (I think it was her foot), Bo needed emergency surgery and Kat missed 3 weeks of the tour due to vocal issues and a few shows after returning, she broke her foot. All of this was on tour.

  • halo9125

    That had to hurt like hell, the poor kid.

    Note to tour directors/stylists: Get those damn heels off those girls before somebody breaks something!

    Looking at it more closely- that bone looks like it could be displaced.

  • JudyOhio

    That looks pretty bad to me. The bone even looks somewhat misplaced. If that is a picture from last night, then it’s probably more swollen today. Geez, she must be in some serious pain. I hope she is getting the right treatment for it! Poor gal. :(

  • Lexus

    Lauren continues to impress me. She’s a real trooper. Hope she recovers quickly!

  • Buffynut

    Are they off today?

  • Kirsten

    Are they off today?

    Yes. The next concert is Sacramento on Monday (Oakland and San Jose make it three days in a row). Not a lot of time to get better.

  • Buffynut

    She definitely won’t be jumping off the steps with James anymore!
    If she keeps it elevated all day, then wraps it for the next few shows….. She’s young, I’ll bet she heals fast unless there is a break.

  • TwigLA

    Poor Lauren. That has to hurt like hell and then she continued with the show and meet and greet. I keep getting impressed by this young lady.

    I’m confused by the stiletto comments. I admit I’ve only watched one or two videos from the first night of the tour, but I swear she was wearing cowboy boots that looked fairly flat.

    Haley and Pia wear very high heels and I can’t imagine walking let alone dancing in them. I’m a barefoot or flip flop kind of person.

  • gangreen29

    Aww poor Lauren. That is sweet though that she went out and saw the fans.

  • Eileen99

    Poor thing, that looks awful. Is there an update today on her condition?

    Lauren wore cowboy boots during most of the show, but had one stretch where she did have really high (and sparkly!) stilettos on. I can’t remember which song, but she had leggings on w/ the heels. It just didn’t fit her, lol.

  • Tera2

    Wear shoes that aren’t too high to perform. I don’t how they can walk around singing and navigating the stairs while they perform in shoes as high as skyscrapers. Fans are there to watch you sing not check out your shoes. I don’t even feel comfortable in shoes higher than 1-1/2 inches, and they perform in 5 inches. That swelling looks bad. Hope she can do next show with less pain.

  • Desdemona

    Doggone it! That has to hurt really bad. This girl has grown on me – always liked her voice, but something about her personality irked me. Now, I just find her very endearing and cute (and still think she has a great voice!)

  • Kirsten

    I’m confused by the stiletto comments. I admit I’ve only watched one or two videos from the first night of the tour, but I swear she was wearing cowboy boots that looked fairly flat.

    Interestingly enough, she wears high heels when singing “Flat on the Floor” and the rest of her set to open the second act of the concert.

    FotF from SLC (you can see how high they are around the 53 second mark).

  • Trina

    Yikes poor thing. That looks really bad. How did she even get her boot on? I sprained my ankle doing gymnastics years ago and I could barely get a sneaker on because of the swelling and pain.

  • gabriel oak

    Shades of Katherine McPhee.

  • JudyOhio

    Kirsten, between the 1:09 and 1:25 mark on that video, you’ll see that her right foot turns in. I’ve noticed this before (that she is a little bit pigeon-toed but never said anything). She might have a tendency to fall because of her gait. The stylists (and doctors) should already know this and caution her accordingly.

  • madison

    Is the curse of the runner-up back? Diana broke her foot (I think it was her foot), Bo needed emergency surgery and Kat missed 3 weeks of the tour due to vocal issues and a few shows after returning, she broke her foot. All of this was on tour.

    Bo also broke his foot on the tour (before the intestinal surgery.) Who keeps throwing down the banana peels? Nigel?

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    they perform in 5 inches

    Good grief. Putting tiny women in 5″ heels means their little short feet are all but en pointe. No wonder Toscano can barely move. I’m impressed Reinhart and Alaina have been managing it at all.

    I draw the line at 4″ (and that only in a wedge or a stacked heel, not a stiletto), and I’m taller than Jordin Sparks, which implies longish feet to handle the slope.

  • Mike M

    According to Lauren’s aunt, she fell backstage while practicing walking down stairs in those awful heels. The fact that she felt the need to practice walking down stairs in them should be reason enough to get her out of them. Anyway, the aunt said Lauren’s mom said that’s a wrap on the heels. It’s cowboy boots from now on…lol. I do admire the girl for finishing the show even though the Idol folks reportedly told her she didn’t have to when they saw how bad it was. Even more impressive that she walked the line to meet fans afterward. She might have to cut down on the choreography for a few shows, but a nice tight wrap and the extra support of the boots should allow her to continue to sing.

    As someone who had many ankle sprains over the years while playing sports, I can assure you it looks and feels a lot worse today than it did last night. It’s possible they’ll have to put poor Lauren in a straight jacket. She can’t walk and is not supposed to talk.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I don’t think any woman should be wearing any shoes with heels higher than 2.5-3. It’s a good way to shorten your achilles/calf muscles & cause problems in the future. It should be banned – at least until men performers have to wear the same height heel as the women. ;)

  • weese

    Many young women insist on wearing these high heels it is not necessarily stylists making them. My daughter loves them and probably would not wear anything else with the types of dresses Haley is wearing. Lots of young people don’t want to be practical— for most it will be the only time in their life that they can really wear short short skirts and sky high heels and pull it off . But I have to admit I do let my daughter know I think it is insane to wear 5 or 6 inch heels anywhere and that a little longer hemline is more flattering. She laughs.

  • dy77

    Poor Lauren needs RICE (rest-ice-compression-elevation) & the heels they all wear are ridiculous.

  • Suzanne

    Ironically, she’s the only girl who routinely wears the flat cowgirl boots instead of the insane high heels.

    She should NOT have been walking on THAT.

  • lili_anne7

    Poor Lauren. This girl can’t catch a break, first her voice, now this. I’m glad she still went back on stage and finished the show. It’s also cool that she met her fans. Here is a video where Lauren talks about her ankle last night:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26wUg2wF57c

  • Indigobunting

    Heels higher than 2″ should be outlawed as dangerous weapons, IMO. LOL. No need whatsoever and it is a proven fact that they cause problems with your feet in women who routinely wear them.
    I hate that our daughters are bombarded with images of women that are not healthy- and very high heels fit right in there.

  • girlygirl

    seeing the high heels the girls are wearing, I’m amazed that there haven’t been more injuries. Hopefully Lauren will be ok

    I almost never wear high heels — I hate the freakin’ things — they aren’t comfortable and it’s remarkably easy to turn an ankle wearing them. If I were on stage singing and dancing, I’d wear flats or maybe low heeled boots — to hell with what the wardrobe people want — it would be my feet, my comfort and my potential injuries — not theirs

  • JEliz

    Whenever I see women wearing shoes with heels that high, I think: “A whole new generation of women ruining their feet.”

  • Axxxel

    Eh, sprained ankle or more ? Hopes she gets well soon… and eh, sorry to say, I would not see the fans with such an ankle injury… Sometimes we have to make a choice and be nice to yourself…It will be good in the long run… including the ankle.

  • Pam

    Poor girl. That’s got to be painful. She really was a trooper to go out there like she did considering the pain she must have been in. Those high heels are dangerous weapons.

    I’m around 4′ 8″ tall. Basically, I’m very short for my age. I can’t wear the 2-inch heals I see a lot of women wear because if I did, I would fall flat on my face.

    I hope Lauren recovers soon and I hope she will heed any medical advice she gets and I agree who cares if these clowns want these girls wearing those insanely high heels. Their health and safety are what is most important.

  • Renee in CA

    I wear high heels occasionally, but always wedges, which are more stabile than stilettos. I did go up the 3″ heels in my 20s, then I realized I wanted my feet in my senior years…

    Hope she gets the treatment that she needs. This is why having a companion is pretty crucial for the young ones.

  • Ratna12

    I hope that she really rest and off her feet the whole day today.
    Poor Lauren, tomorrow that feet can be worse.
    Good luck Lauren, and skip the meet and greet with the fans after the show.

  • Joyed

    Lauren, I feel your pain. :(

  • McCreerian

    There’s so kind of runner up curse, huh? Bo with his stomach pains Katherine with her toe, crystal with her diabetes, and didn’t something happen to Diana?

  • halo9125

    From what I’m gathering on Twitter, that ankle may be broken- is that enough for TPTB to chop 3 inches off those girls’ heels?

  • windmills

    halo9125: From what I’m gathering on Twitter, that ankle may be broken- is that enough for TPTB to chop 3 inches off those girls’ heels?

    K, before I react the way I react do you mind saying if the twitter peeps are fans reporting rumors or official sources? Thanks. It’s just that things can get warped in the telephone game.

  • vdawg

    Lauren’s brother says her ankle might be broken. I guess it is her brother, his last name is Suddeth and he was on twitter today.

  • Nina1

    I woulda believed her even without the snapshots. They really should get rid of the silly shoes, though. I was surprised to see Beyonce did NOT wear them in her last tv concert; she wore shoes with a strap…much more danceable.

  • abbysee

    High heels shouldn’t be performed in if you are not comfortable, but I come from a long line of short women, and we need our heels. My mom is a senior citizen and she still wears 4 inch heels. I attended a wedding last sunday in 5 inch heels and I am at least twice Lauren’s age. I carried flats, so I am not nuts! Slipped off my porch in flats, that when I sprained my ankle! Moral of this story, none really,lol. Shit happens? Hope it’s not broken. I’ve become very fond of Ms. Alaina.

  • Trina

    Lauren tweeted a little while ago she was riding to the hospital :/ Saying a little prayer she’ll be ok.

    I wear heels to work but nothing too high. I do have a couple of pairs of dressy shoes that are about 5 inches high but I only where them when I go to weddings or business parties. If I decide to dance I take them off. These young girls who are on stage every night and have to climb steps and dance should not be wearing anything too high.

  • halo9125

    Pic Lauren tweeted from the hospital:
    http://yfrog.com/kir8enqj

    Seriously- where is her mother? Are parents not allowed to join them on the tour and they have chaperones instead?

  • girlygirl

    I’m 5’3″ and I don’t wear heels. It all depends on the person, but if you aren’t comfortable in them, why wear them, regardless of how short or tall you are?

    In the past, minors have had to have a family member accompany them on the Idol tour, so I’d think Lauren would have someone with her family at the hospital with her

  • Mike M

    Lauren’s mom is with her. She has a third-degree sprain but no break. She just posted this pic. Pretty cute:

    http://yfrog.com/kjfpdbqj

    On the surface, that’s good news, but a severe sprain can be much more troublesome to heal than a break. I’m sure she’ll have great care, though, so there shouldn’t be any long-term effects.

  • Pam

    She has a third-degree sprain but no break. She just posted this pic. Pretty cute:

    http://yfrog.com/kjfpdbqj

    Yeah, it’s sort of a good news bad news situation. It’s definitely good news that it’s not broken. Glad to hear that. I’ve never broken or sprained anything but I’ve dislocated my left kneecap many times. That is incredibly painful and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone!

    I hope Lauren will take good care of herself and not put more strain on that ankle than she has to. I hope she has a speedy recovery. She seems to be a real trooper and has a great attitude about it all.

  • Mike M

    She seems to be keeping a sense of humor about it. She re-tweeted this message from one of her fans:

    JadelkacTwisted Alyson by LAlainaAI10

    “The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall” @smccreeryai10 where were you when @lalainaai10 fell last night?!

  • blkeener

    Seriously- where is her mother? Are parents not allowed to join them on the tour and they have chaperones instead?

    I would imagine her mother or aunt is with her. I know Scotty’s mom is there. They have to have a parent or guardian w/ them if they are under 18. So Thia has one as well.

    Last year, Katie Steven’s brother toured with her till August, then her mom came. Aaron Kelly’s mom toured the whole summer with him.

  • Dera

    Blame it on that stupid French designer Louboutin making these high heels over the moon shoes fashionable and ofcourse celebs. supporting the design. From Top Model show to JLo to whatever. My friends pay hundreds of dollars to have them. I read the guy’s bio on internet and I refuse to support his design craps. Yes, not only I’ve seen on T.V. women falling with these shoes, I’ve seen regular people falling down as well. This is one thing I won’t hurt myself to look beautiful.

    Lauren, wish you a speedy recovery and please wear that cast boot at the concert. Your health is more important and fans can understand.

  • Trina

    Ugh 3rd degree is what I had. It takes a long time to heal and is very painful. Most likely she damaged or tore ligaments. The boot will keep the swelling down though. I had my crutches for 2 weeks then I had a walking cast for like a month.

  • halo9125

    Poor kid- those sprains when the ligament ruptures suck, especially if the ligament takes a piece of bone with it.

    They need to deck her out like Bette Midler when she does the Delores Delago character (the mermaid in the motorized wheel chair):
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_R-AhPgfJIeo/SAuQAudPkUI/AAAAAAAAANo/kHJmi36QPbM/s320/deloresdelago-wheelchair.jpg

  • Trina

    Ugh 3rd degree is what I had. It takes a long time to heal and is very painful. Most likely she damaged or tore ligaments. The boot will keep the swelling down though. I had my crutches for 2 weeks then I had a walking cast for like a month. Get well soon Lala..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    A third degree sprain can be very serious.

    Third degree sprain refers to a complete rupture of the ligament with swelling and a possible joint dislocation.

    With a third degree sprain the pain is excruciating and walking is impossible. There is gross swelling and there may be deformity if the ankle is dislocated.

    The bolded part would fit with the pics that Lauren posted, but I truly hope that it’s not the worst case scenario.

  • Ringo

    Let’s not go overboard, girls. Heels do really add shape to the leg and accentuate the butt, so for that reason they are worth the risk of a twisted ankle. The trouble is the stairs. Ever wonder why they were constantly getting Haley to walk down stairs during the season? Takes lots of concentration and really throws off the vocals. Keep Lauren on one level and even in heels, she’ll be fine.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Let’s not go overboard, girls. Heels do really add shape to the leg and accentuate the butt, so for that reason they are worth the risk of a twisted ankle.

    I’m going to assume you’re a woman. If not..GTFO. j/k ;)

  • Ratna12

    Poor Lauren, what’s going to happen now ?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Let’s not go overboard, girls. Heels do really add shape to the leg and accentuate the butt, so for that reason they are worth the risk of a twisted ankle.

    I have a feeling that you’re a guy, so I challenge you to wear a pair of these shoes for a day, then come back and say that they are “worth it”. lol

  • Ringo

    I’m going to assume you’re a woman. If not..GTFO. j/k

    I’m just sayin’. ;) I do wonder who creates the tyranny of high heels. Most men I know profess not to care. It’s kind of like the cherry on the top of a sundae — yes, it’s nice but it’s all about the ice cream and hot chocolate. I think it’s more a self imposed right of passage for young girls/women, like these idols, who are liking playing dress up and pleasing the show producers. The real interesting time is when they realize this and tell the producers to eff off, they’re not going to sing Maggie Mae again. You hearing me Paul?!

  • weese

    I have always heard that soft tissue injuries cause more difficulty and take longer to heal than actual bone breaks. I wish her quick healing and no need for PT.

  • Mike M

    It’s very likely Lauren will be affected for a good part of the tour, at least in terms of being able to move around the way she has been in the first couple of shows. If the ligaments are truly torn, there could be surgery in her future, but let’s hope not.

    But, forget performing for a moment. It’s very hard to ever get comfortable with an injury like that. Every time you move, it’s prone to hurt. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like trying to get comfortable on that bus for hours at a time. I think this is pretty certain to take some of the fun out of the whole thing, at least for a while.

    They need to deck her out like Bette Midler when she does the Delores Delago character (the mermaid in the motorized wheel chair):

    lol…that is classic. Someone with twitter should send that pic to her.

  • happyhexer

    I attended the AI concert in Portland. Lauren was a real trouper. She was so worried just because the boots she wore didn’t match her outfit! I hope they can make sufficient adjustments so that she can continue to perform. The tour would be less rich without her voice.

  • sue

    I sprained my ankle 2 months ago and had to go to the ER, it sucks and hurts like hell. It still feels funny when I walk now. I know what Lauren is going through. You got to elevate your leg a lot and she is definitely not dancing around on stage for awhile.
    Get lots of rest Lauren and feel better. They could wheel her out and have her sing. She is the runner up and it would suck if she wasn’t on tour.

  • windmills

    Gahhhhhhh. Heal well Lauren, heal well. Please AI tour people take good care of this girl.

  • tomk

    I hope she heals well.

    People in the entertainment/sports industries can often surprise us with what they can do even with serious injuries like this. While I’d be shocked to see her on stage Monday night, I wouldn’t put it past her. They’ll probably need to alter a few things on the show though, you would assume.

  • Daytripper73

    There’s so kind of runner up curse, huh? Bo with his stomach pains Katherine with her toe, crystal with her diabetes, and didn’t something happen to Diana?

    If I am remembering it correctly seven years later, Diana fell down the stairs (wearing high heels and walking down stairs that did NOT have a safety rail) during the S3 girls “Crazy in Love” Beyonce number. She slashed her shin open and hurt her knee and ankle. She did perform the next night but stayed seated. She hobbled around for about 2 weeks on crutches.

  • Mtlfan

    ouch! I had something similar a long time ago. I had a cast for 6 weeks

  • CSFan

    I twisted my ankle crossing the street and the pain didn’t really kick in until the next day. I remember still having occasional soreness six months later. Lauren’s in for a tough time, dealing with an ankle injury when she has a tour to get through.

  • SajiNoKami

    Ever wonder why they were constantly getting Haley to walk down stairs during the season? Takes lots of concentration and really throws off the vocals.

    oh the conspiracy.

    I hope for speedy recovery. Mainly, I think there just might be a stool or chair in her future. I think she could get away with it on her songs. Just the end number will have to be rethought, mainly the whitesnake with James. Maybe they will team him with someone else to keep the hyper movements or tell james to to tone it down.. will be interesting what TPTB decide.

  • JoCeeisme

    I hope they don’t tell james to tone it down, I like hyper James!

  • mandabutter

    Ouch. I never wear heels. Being 6’1, I don’t have a need for them and I can get away with flats at my job.

    Every time you move, it’s prone to hurt. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like trying to get comfortable on that bus for hours at a time. I think this is pretty certain to take some of the fun out of the whole thing, at least for a while.

    Aww, this makes me sad. :( Laurs- feel better REAL soon! I hope her friends can make her comfy on the bus and take her mind off things. Hell, during Born This Way they can have her sing & lay on one of those Lady Marmalade/Cowboy Casanova couches. I believe they used one on the S6 tour. :)

  • Montavilla

    Ya know, there are professional dance shoes made with reasonable heels for the stage. I don’t understand why the Idol stylists are putting these girls in stilettos. It’s the second time this Idol season that it’s resulted in a fall — and this time there was a serious injury.

    Why don’t they just go whole hog and have the girls swing from the ceiling like in the Spiderman musical? It would be great publicity for the show.

  • mandabutter

    Mainly, I think there just might be a stool or chair in her future. I think she could get away with it on her songs. Just the end number will have to be rethought, mainly the whitesnake with James. Maybe they will team him with someone else to keep the hyper movements or tell james to to tone it down..

    It’s certainly early enough along in the tour stretch to make a few tweaks for the group medleys, even if it’s just changing the way a singer enters the stage, to cut down on the distance or pressure Lauren will have to endure. If that’s possible, she certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on the group encore or give less to the fans.

  • mandabutter

    Oh, wow! How did she get those boots on and off after doing that!

    Ouch, pains just thinking about it. *squirm* Any injuries to the feet and ankles SUUUUCK!

    [...]she fell backstage while practicing walking down stairs in those awful heels. The fact that she felt the need to practice walking down stairs in them should be reason enough to get her out of them.

    OMG, thats just an accident waiting to happen and then it DID. I’m super clumsy, I would never survive this tour.

    Anyway, the aunt said Lauren’s mom said that’s a wrap on the heels.

    Yay for Mom. Good on you.

  • jammasta

    Third degree sprain refers to a complete rupture of the ligament with swelling and a possible joint dislocation.

    That alone can be pretty bad. A torn ligament will take quite some time to heal. From what I remember, they don’t have exactly the best blood supply (I may totally be pulling that out of my ass, I don’t necessarily remember that), which would mean slower healing. I could be thinking of nerves or something totally different (Nerves heal very slowly as well, but that’s another story).

    But from grabbing my Care of Athletic Injuries binder, a third degree ankle sprain is not good at all. Ligaments are inelastic (which scares me to death, lol), so they aren’t really good at returning to their normal shape. She likely has an inversion ankle sprain (from coming down on foot the wrong way and forcing the ankle into a weird position), and from my binder, 3rd degree means likely surgery. I really hope that is not the case.

    Heels do really add shape to the leg and accentuate the butt

    So does working out, which is less stupid and more rewarding than wearing high heels.

    Whether she was really wearing cowboy boots or high heels, excessively high heeled shoes can go die in a fire.

    Her foot will also have quite some pain with weight-bearing, which would totally make it horrible for her to have to stand on stage.

    I hate to say this since I have the show tomorrow, but it’s probably best for her to, as has been said before, RICE it. Rest, ice, compression, elevation and miss out a few times.

    Oh, and it’s best for any man who makes a woman wear high heels to hand in their man card and disappear from my eyes because I will make you feel like a natural woman.

    Low heels aren’t the worst thing ever but high heels should be freaking illegal. Looking “professional” or “hot” (subjective) vs. having, oh, I dunno, PROPER FOOT FUNCTION AND COMFORT?!

  • JoCeeisme

    Totally agree jammasta, frequent wearing of high heels leads to back, hip and knee problems not to mention bunions and other foot deformities. I work in an old folks facility and see every day the damage and suffering that improper footwear has caused over time. I don’t know how those idol girls can be comfortable running around the stage in those heels, wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few more twisted ankles.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Whether she was really wearing cowboy boots or high heels, excessively high heeled shoes can go die in a fire.

    lol Totally agree!

    Low heels aren’t the worst thing ever but high heels should be freaking illegal. Looking “professional” or “hot” (subjective) vs. having, oh, I dunno, PROPER FOOT FUNCTION AND COMFORT?!

    And it’s all done to satisfy the perception of guys? Not worth it. As I said, the guys who like high heels need to wear them for a day. If they did that, they might realize what torture they are and rethink their opinion.

  • BonnieDee

    I don’t know why they think she needs super high heels anyway. She’s already tall. Low heels would be fine, or wedges. Wedges have more support and there are some super cute ones out there right now.

  • Nina1

    Here is the deal: If you have good legs 2-3″ is enough to accentuate them and if you have bad legs anything over that makes the problem worse.

    Robin Roberts has excellent heel legs, and wears relatively low heels. They look sensational. When a heel interrupts a graceful gait, it is counterproductive; moving well is attractive. Wedges are especially clumsy on short people as they look all feet and no body. Short people with extremely high heels just look like short people with big feet.

  • Jae

    Poor Lauren. Those hurt. 3rd degree means there is tearing. She is looking at about 8 weeks before she has a normal foot again.

  • Avari

    I guess it all depends on your definition of short. ;-) I’m 5’2” and I wear 3-4 inch heels just about all the time. Not stilettos though, but wedges and stacked heels. ( I just have really flat feet, and non-high heeled shoes make my feet look like pancakes. :-) )

    And…back on topic. I really do hope no stylist encouraged Lauren to wear any height of heel she wasn’t 100% comfortable with. Stilettos ARE dangerous. I hold my breath any time I see any performer trying to navigate steps or other obstacles wearing stilettos.

  • Montavilla

    Oh, and it’s best for any man who makes a woman wear high heels to hand in their man card and disappear from my eyes because I will make you feel like a natural woman.

    Any man who wants to comment on how look a woman looks in high heels should watch this episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race:

    Jocks in Frocks: Untucked

    It’s a behind-the-scenes companion episode to the regular show, in which straight “jocks” were dressed in drag for a few hours. This beginning shows them commiserating on how painful it is to walk in heels.

  • Ringo

    Oh, and it’s best for any man who makes a woman wear high heels to hand in their man card and disappear from my eyes because I will make you feel like a natural woman.

    Come on people! Let’s not throw glamor out, like the baby, with the bathwater. We are not making our Idols where 4″ or 5″ (or even the delicious 6″) stilleto heels 24/7, dooming them to a lifetime of back problems and unsightly corns. We are asking, nay, demanding, for our girls to go through 20 to 30 minutes of minor discomfort every other day.
    Now if some Clumsy McClumsy teens can’t walk down a few stairs in heels backstage, that’s just weeding out the losers from the winners. Darwin was right! Put the girl in a orthos or boots for the rest of her career and force her to sing country music at county fairs. But leave Haley and Thia to their devices.
    A few twisted ankles are an occuapational hazard in their chosen field. We’re not talking black lung for coal minors or head trauma for NFL football players. It’s just a freak occurrence that’s worth the the risk from where I sit . . . in my barcalounger with a Bud and a remote control, watching NFL football.

    And I hope you all realize that my tongue was pretty much stuck in my cheek on this rant. If we are going to make this a referendum, let’s make it about making smart choices and living with the consequences. Raise your girls to think on their own and develop BS detectors earlier rather than later. If your kid wants to buy high heels as a teen, explain how demeaning it is and how it objectifies her and her body for no good reason. Better yet, start doing it before they want the heels, when they are playing sports, developing self esteem.

    I hazard to guess that Lauren did not have much help growing up from dear old Mom in this regard. It’s too late post-accident for Mommy Dearest to say no mas now (Lauren likely will not be able to even think about heels for the remaining months anyway). That horse has left the barn.

  • SajiNoKami

    JoCeeisme says:
    I hope they don’t tell james to tone it down, I like hyper James!

    Me too, me too! A good option, may be to switch Haley and Lauren. Though I absolutely love the Lauren and James duet, they should do the whole song, until she heals, tptb should put Lauren in the more low key number with Paul and Casey. Then put Haley with James… and for goodness sake, take her out of heels. Haley rocks skinny jeans, tanks, and just some sort of none deadly shoe. Plus it would be a cute visual, petite Haley and James, who is 3 times her size and I think they would sound great together.

    t’s certainly early enough along in the tour stretch to make a few tweaks for the group medleys, even if it’s just changing the way a singer enters the stage, to cut down on the distance or pressure Lauren will have to endure. If that’s possible, she certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on the group encore or give less to the fans.

    s10 seem like troopers and Lauren is, doubt she will miss a number. But like you said, things will change.

  • Mike M

    Not much reason to change very much. When she’s singing backup, Lauren can stay pretty much stationary while the others do their thing. Same with the short duet with James. Let him cut up all he wants to. The crowd will not be upset if Lauren holds her ground in the walking boot.

  • just sayin

    When I was a young feminist, I remember saying,”In the next generation, high heels will be a thing of the past. Women won’t put up with them anymore. The women of the future will laugh that we used to teeter around in ridiculous high heels.”

    I was wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/lindsav adamland

    SajiNoKami says:
    07/11/2011 at 12:59 pm

    JoCeeisme says:
    I hope they don’t tell james to tone it down, I like hyper James!

    Me too, me too! A good option, may be to switch Haley and Lauren. Though I absolutely love the Lauren and James duet, they should do the whole song, until she heals, tptb should put Lauren in the more low key number with Paul and Casey. Then put Haley with James… and for goodness sake, take her out of heels. Haley rocks skinny jeans, tanks, and just some sort of none deadly shoe. Plus it would be a cute visual, petite Haley and James, who is 3 times her size and I think they would sound great together.

    Ah just hell no. I have to suffer listening to Haley in 2 solos and a duet this Friday night in L.A. I DO NOT want her to take Lauren’s place with James in their short duet. I’m going to see James, Lauren and Scotty and I don’t want my James moments marred by Haley thank you very much! Haley’s voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

  • ituneit

    Wow her ankle is really badly swollen. She’s in for a long recovery.

    Let him cut up all he wants to. The crowd will not be upset if Lauren holds her ground in the walking boot.

    It would be unfair to subject the audience to any more of him. He already acts like a 10 year old. All the more reason not to go.

  • SajiNoKami

    Let [james] cut up all he wants to. The crowd will not be upset if Lauren holds her ground in the walking boot.

    ah this could be true. Her personality and voice are pretty happy and energetic, on their own.

  • Fe

    I have two or three pairs of 5″ – 5’1/2″ heels. I rarely wear them, and only to a special outing that doesn’t require a lot of walking plus they kinda scare me a little bit, lol. This is from someone who can comfortably and regularly wears 4 inch heels to work–by that I mean I have no pain wearing heels. Having said that anything 5 or higher requires total concentration on each step and they do slow me down because you can only walk so fast. I don’t know the ladies wearing 5 inch heels and higher while singing and performing aren’t regularly turning ankles or stumbling more often. Heal fast Lauren, and stick with lower heels.

  • Susan

    Fe, I am like you. I don’t mind high heels up to about 3 1/2″. I have a couple pairs over that, but only with platforms. I do admit to a couple pairs that make me feel unsteady but at least one of them feels just fine. I think FLATS feel weird — can’t do ‘em unless I’m on vacation and walking a lot. I prefer 3″ heels.

    No turned ankles yet, but there is a spot in our parking lot at work right in front of the garage entrance where the pavement is kind of sloped and curving and I do walk across it very, very carefully in stilettos.