Happy feet in simple steps
THEY are ugly, painful and a source of shame – but even glam royals can get bunions.
Meghan Markle is thought to have had a bunion op after pictures of her bare feet emerged on her tour of New Zealand.
Bunions are bony bumps on the inside of feet, forming on the toe joint. They make the big toe point the wrong way and tend to get worse.
Kumar Kunasingam, an orthopaedic keyhole bunion specialist, said: “Bunions can affect anyone on this planet.
bony lump and realigning the toe. But Kumar says there are other steps you can take for tip-top foot health. A diagnosis is key so it is important you visit your GP to find out about your bunions. There could be arthritis in the joint, which would need a different treatment plan. They will see what is causing your pain and can refer you to the correct next step. But correcting bunions does not have to cost a lot. Women do not need to buy special bunion shoes. They can buy men’s shoes instead.
A wider fitting will avoid rubbing, so look at shoes such as Converse, trainers or brogues.
If your bunions flare up, check your lifestyle. See what makes them hurt and rest your feet.
Studies show pain can also spring up elsewhere in the body as a result of stress brought on by work or personal problems.
Although high heels are not thought to help bunions, there is no need to avoid them.
Instead, wear shoes that do not cover the top of bunions or rub.
Kumar says to take inspiration from Meghan “an intelligent shoe wearer” who has looser fitting heels. If the pain and deformity gets too much, speak to a GP about surgery.
Operations are far easier now. Years ago, people would be put in plaster of Paris boots and their recovery time could be months. But these days, with minimally invasive surgery, you can walk immediately afterwards.