Doctors Warn Against Viral ‘Barbie Feet’ TikTok Challenge: Know the Risks

The film “Barbie” has inspired a new fashion trend called “Barbiecore,” and with it, a viral TikTok challenge called the “Barbie Foot Challenge.” In the challenge, participants try to recreate a scene from the film where Margot Robbie’s character stands on her toes with her heels in the air.

While the challenge may be fun, podiatrists warn that it can be dangerous. The Barbie arch can make legs appear longer and toned, but it can also lead to instability in the ankles, increasing the risk of ligament sprains and injuries. Additionally, prolonged practice of the pose could result in muscle and spine issues and may damage growth plates, particularly concerning for younger girls still growing.

Podiatrists emphasize that walking on toes without heels is not sustainable and can place strain on the body, unlike wearing heels that provide support. In reality, Barbie actually has flat feet, a condition shared by 30% of the population.

While the Barbie Foot Challenge may produce entertaining TikTok videos, podiatrists recommend exercising caution and avoiding extended periods of replicating the pose to prevent potential health issues.

Here are some tips for staying safe while participating in the Barbie Foot Challenge:

  • Do not attempt the challenge if you have any pre-existing foot or ankle conditions.
  • Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend in the pose.
  • Wear supportive shoes or sneakers.
  • Take breaks often.
  • Listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain.

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