Monday, April 6, 2015


It's April 6, 2015.  Welcome back for another installment for National Foot Health Awareness Month.

What's in your closet?  More specifically, what's in your SHOE closet?  If you are like most women, at least in America, you've got more than one pair of "heels" which translates to anything from 1 inch semi-flats to 5 inch stilettos.

I recently read this article over at (click) that claims that 1 in 4 people (age 18-65) have bunion issues and many resort to surgery because they're so painful.

From the article:

Gary Pichney, a podiatric surgeon at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, has noticed more of his patients requesting bunion surgery in recent years, mainly because it’s become more effective. Decades ago, surgeons shaved off the bunion in a quick “lunchtime bunionectomy” — but it would often grow back. Now, they make cuts into the bone and insert screws to actually realign the joint.
Cut bone? Insert screws?  Do you really want that?

Try a different approach first.  Evaluate your shoe closet.  Take a look at this post where I talk about evaluating my own poor shoe choices (and I should know better) and be aggressive in seeing if what you're wearing every day on your feet might be making your bunion or other foot issues even worse.

This site (click) has more about bunion surgery and why you want to avoid it including these risks
Risks of the procedure
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include, but are not limited to:
Delayed healing
Other complications may include recurrence of the bunion, nerve damage, and continued pain. The surgery may also result in overcorrection of the problem, in which the big toe extends away from the other toes.
Did you read that?  A surgery meant to help relieve the pain and "remove" the bunion could (and often does) include more pain, nerve damage and recurrence of the problem.

So check your shoes instead.  Work on getting lower and lower heels and a wider toe box so your feet can move around and you can stand and walk correctly.  Do some stretches (see the Alignment Snacks here (click))and wear our toe socks (click) once you get home in the evening after taking off those shoes.

Take care of your feet!  You need them!!

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