Pain was like red hot pok­ers

The People - - LIFESTYLE -

“It’s nice that Meghan can hu­man­ise the con­di­tion and show even roy­alty can get them. Other­wise peo­ple suf­fer in si­lence and it can be de­bil­i­tat­ing both phys­i­cally and men­tally.”

Bunions can be in­her­ited. Ku­mar es­ti­mates that up to one in four of us will get them.

But they can be caused by stress on your foot or arthri­tis.

They trig­ger painful in­flam­ma­tion around your toe and can knock your con­fi­dence and men­tal health.

“We can’t rest our feet, we have to walk,” Ku­mar, 41, said.

“Peo­ple are of­ten em­bar­rassed and hide their feet and avoid surgery be­cause they’ve heard hor­ror sto­ries from oth­ers.”

Surgery in­volves re­mov­ing the TRACY Dickie had bunions for 30 years. The 57-year-old, from Croy­don, South Lon­don, said: “Over the years it got more painful. As a nurse I was al­ways on my feet and it was like red hot pok­ers.

“I couldn’t wear my beloved high heels and they rubbed through the leather on my work shoes.

“Last November my GP re­ferred me to sur­geon Ku­mar Ku­nasingam. I had an op on my right foot in Fe­bru­ary and left foot four weeks ago. “I was out of hospi­tal on crutches the same day, at work two weeks af­ter surgery and driv­ing three weeks later. The pain has gone and my con­fi­dence is boosted. “I can’t wait to get back into beau­ti­ful shoes again.”

TOE PAIN: Meghan LUMP: Typ­i­cal bunion

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.