Sure, those chic handbags and sky-high heels make you feel oh so supermodel(ish) ... but they're also mini death traps in the making. Read on for the most painful byproducts of looking pretty. Ah, the things we do for fashion ...

High Heelitis
Achieving statuesque status comes with a fair share of risks, as this Washington Post article helpfully/terrifyingly demonstrates. Those to-die-for pumps put added pressure on the joints (especially the knees), throw your body's alignment out of whack, tighten your calf muscles and Achilles tendons, and can result in a slew of unsavory side effects like bunions, hammertoes, Morton's neuroma, joint pain, sprained ankles and a heel-strap-induced "pump bump" called the Haglund's deformity.

And let's not forget that tragic episode of "Sex and the City" in which Kristen Johnson tripped on her stilettos and took a swan dive out the window. Talk about a fashion victim.

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Flip-Flop Foot
Figure sticking to to flip-flops is a safe bet? Nice try. A recent Auburn University study found that flip-flops and other flat shoes can result in muscle and joint pain because they change the way you walk, forcing you to take shorter steps and work more to travel the same distance. The habit of scrunching your toes to hold the sandal in place also leads to aching little piggies, while the lack of support can bring in heel pain. Docs recommend wearing flip-flops in moderation and replacing them as they become broken in.

Handbag Hernia

We always suspected that our toddler-sized totes stuffed with fashion mags, gym clothes, makeup and water bottles could be used as weapons. Unfortunately, it seems we're the ones under attack. Last year The Daily Telegraph noted that the fashion industry's fondness for oversized totes (the average woman's handbag weighs the equivalent of five bags of sugar!) has led to a significant rise in related back injuries due to the added strain. We say, keep the bag, but lose the unnecessary junk inside to lighten your load.

Jogger's Nipple
Yep, this is an actual ailment, presenting as chafed, bleeding, or otherwise irritated nipples that have spent a bit too much time rubbing against the fabric of your shirt at great speeds. To remedy, use a nipple cover or rub Vaseline over your nips.

Bra Boo-Boos
Wearing an ill-fitting, unsupportive bra can lead to its own share of aches and pains, and we swear underwires are designed to be painful, but that's not what led Jessica Lang of Greenville, S.C., to sue Victoria's Secret. Lang's complaint? An allegedly defective bra whose underwire broke and lacerated her chest. Yeeeeooooooooooouch.

Be careful out there, ladies. It's a painful, painful, world.

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Fierce Fingernails

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    Color coordination!

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    Track genius and nail-a-holic Gail Devers keeps her fingers fly.

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