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Posts for: October, 2015
You and Amal Clooney May Have Bunions in Common
As George Clooney celebrates his one year anniversary with his wife Amal, the press has been all over the poor girl about her bunions. Plenty of other rich and famous women also struggle with Hallux valgus, the medical term for bunions. Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all been plagued by this common problem.
This is not at all surprising. Stilettos and other high heels commonly worn by fashionable women force the front of the foot and toes into unnatural positions. Overtime the big toe moves toward the little toes and the classic "bump" forms. Some may disregard this idea. But consider this. Women outnumber men up to 15 to 1 in the formation of bunions. Case closed.
Although some may argue that heredity plays a role, what's really going on is that certain feet are more bunion-prone. It's the structure of the foot that's inherited. It's not uncommon for me to see mothers and then their daughters, usually years later.
Fortunately if you have a daughter, you can help her prevent or slow the progression of bunions by warning her off of high heels. The earlier a woman starts wearing high heels and the longer she wears them the worse her bunions can become.
If you're bunions are getting out of control and are causing you a lot pain and grief, don't wait to do something about it. The Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M., has over 30 years of experience helping people with bunions, whether you require conservative treatment or more aggressive surgical treatment.