Victoria Beckham. Michelle Yeoh. Sarah Jessica Parker. What do these ladies have in common? Less than perfect feet!!! Each of these ladies suffers from a BUNION.
You may have heard of bunions and associated them with old age. That isn’t the case. Bunions are very often caused by ill fitting shoes and high heels along with a genetic predisposition.
So what is a bunion?
A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe (though sometimes they are also found on the outside of the foot at the little toe). The bone and tissue is forced out of place at the joint and the toe then bends inwards towards the other toes. It comes about from years of pressure at the joint, exactly what years of fitting a foot into a high heel with pointed toes does.
What are the symptoms?
- An obvious bump on the outside of the foot
- Pain, redness, swelling at the joint
- An inward turned big or little toe
- Restricted range of motion in the affected toe
What can be done?
For the short term, applying ice will help pain and swelling. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications can also be beneficial. For the long term, wearing wide shoes that are more box shaped and no heels over two inches tall.
A Memphis podiatrist visit will probably be in your future. They may design special orthotics, use cortisone injections, prescribe pain medications, recommend padding and taping to keep the foot in a proper position, or prescribe therapy. As a last resort it may require bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove the bony prominence.
Stylish shoes and heels may make you feel beautiful, but would those celebrity ladies now suffering from bunions say it was worth it?