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By Dr. Rion Berg
April 28, 2015
Category: Bunions

Victoria Beckham is a proud mama. Her son Romeo, age 12 finished the London Mini-Marathon on April 26th to raise money for UNAIDS. However it's doubtful that Victoria could have run that marathon without being in terrible pain.

When I first blogged about Victoria's bunions in 2013, they were so bad she was forced to put her feet on ice and do daily exercise to avoid having a bunionectomy, a procedure strongly advised by her doctors. She was told by her podiatrists that if she didn't do something soon she’d never be able to don her heels again. We haven't been able to find an update on poor Victoria so we don't know if she's gone under the knife.

If you have bunions, you can empathize with poor Victoria but you don’t need to suffer needlessly. You may wonder, “What caused my bunion”?

The number one cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too tight and squishing your feet into pointy high heels. Bunions can also run in families due to faulty foot structure. Continuing to wear pointy heels can cause them to get worse as you age.  

Hopefully you're not a slave to fashion like Victoria Beckham, but if you have bunions you may be wondering, “At what point do I need surgery”?

As a Seattle podiatrist I ask patients to ask themselves a few questions.

-how painful is my bunion?
-how much is it impacting my quality of life? (If you have activities you love and can no longer do them, than that might tilt the scales to yes, rather than wait.)
-can I still wear my shoes?
-do I have pain under the ball of my foot?

Not all bunions surgery is a must. As Seattle podiatrist I’ll try every conservative treatment beforehand at my Seattle podiatry office. But if you’re in agony like Victoria Beckham, the one way to find out is by making an appointment today by calling us at 206-368-7000 or requesting an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
February 13, 2014
Category: Bunions

Victoria Beckman was spotted wearing flat shoes for perhaps the very first time according to the British paper the Mirror. She was seen gadding about in the Big Apple after unveiling her new clothing collection at New York’s Fashion week. She plans to start designing shoes, even flats she admitted and that’s enough for any podiatrist to start celebrating.

After blogging about her high heels and her bunionsit’s great to know that this tower of fashion is finally doing something sensible for women’s feet.

Now I know my patients are still going to want to wear high heels on occasion, but when one considers all the pain that wearing them constantly creates, you might want to start thinking like Victoria or at the very least copying her newest sense of fashion.

What Can Wearing Lower Heels Do For You?

Wearing shoes with lower heels and a larger toe box can really help when you’re prone to getting bunions; less pressure on your feet will slow down the worsening of bunions that inevitably occurs. Lower heels can also prevent other painful foot conditions.

  • A lower heel will keep your Achilles tendon from shortening up and thereby preventing the development of heel pain or plantar fasciitis.
  • Lower heels also prevent the worsening of hammertoe; this condition can result when toes have been forced into a cramped position which often happens with high heels.
  • You’ll be much more stable in a lower heel; many a celebrity has been documented falling with high heels as the culprit.

I’ll continue to monitor what Victoria is up to as the year goes by. We’ll see if continues to wear flats or not. Meanwhile if you have bunions and you’re concerned about pain, you can start wearing a lower heel. I also recommend you visit a podiatrist to evaluate your condition and get you out of pain.

Happy Valentines Day!

To contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City and make an appointment with one of our Seattle podiatrists, call us at 206-368-7000 or request and online appointment.

By Dr. Rion Berg
October 30, 2013
Category: foot conditions

Victoria Beckham is a total slave to fashion. She is still sporting very high heels even though she has large bunions that are absolutely killing her. The former Spice Girl and wife of the world famous David Beckham both are putting themselves at risk for bad feet each day as they pursue their way of life; as a fashion designer she can’t imagine life without heels and of course he can’t imagine life without soccer.

Her bunions are so bad her friends have noted that she is forced to put her feet on ice and do daily exercise to avoid having a bunionectomy which has been strongly advised by her doctors. She refuses to toss out the heels for something more appropriate and so lives with agonizing pain as a result. She’s been told by her podiatrists that if she doesn’t do something soon she’ll never be able to don her heels again.

If you have bunions, you can empathize with poor Victoria but you don’t need to suffer needlessly. You may also wonder, “What caused my bunion anyway”? Well if you have a bunion you know that visually it’s that large lump growing along the inside of your foot beneath your big toe. The big toe moves toward the second toe throwing the bones out of alignment. Although bunions can grow slowly some people develop them at a young age.

Luckily you are likely not a fashion model or designer but if you have bunions you may be wondering, “At what point do I have surgery”?

As a Seattle podiatrist I ask patients to ask themselves a few questions.

-how painful is my bunion?
-how much is it impacting my quality of life? (If you have activities you love and can no longer do them, than that might tilt the scales to yes, rather than wait.)
-can I still wear my shoes?
-do I have pain under the ball of my foot?

Not all bunions require surgery and I’ll try every conservative treatment beforehand at my Seattle podiatry office. But if you’re in agony like Victoria Beckham, the one way to find out is by making an appointment today by calling us at 206-368-7000 or requesting an appointment online.

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