Pay Attention to Your Mother's Bunions
By Dr. Rion Berg
March 29, 2016
Category: Bunions
Tags: flat feet  

My marketing director has become pretty savvy about feet. After working here for 4 years she'd better be. Now she's paying attention to the feet all around her, including her own.

This past weekend she told me she wore her two inch clogs to the Democratic caucus in her district. She made the assumption that she wouldn't have to walk very far, but it turned out she did. By the time she reached the school where the caucus was being held she felt a throbbing pain in a bump that had been starting to form on the side of her foot.

Worried About Bunions?

Although she doesn't have full blown bunions yet, it started to worry her. Particularly because she knows her mother has bunions and a hammertoe. Although bunions can form at any time of life it's not unusual to see them much later. Her mother didn't have a fully formed bunion or a hammertoe until her early 80s.

Are Bunions Inherited?

It's a good idea to pay attention to your mother's bunions since you're much more likely to develop bunions if she did. But it's not the bunions you inherit, but her foot type--low arched feet and flat feet being the major culprits.

Rethink Your Shoe Choice

Now my marketing director is starting to rethink her shoe choice and what else she can do to stave off further progression of her bunions. Whereas she might have been able to get away with wearing most shoes before, now she'll have to pay particularly attention to the heel height, shoe width, and shoe type.

  • Lower heel height- lowering her heel height will make a big difference in the progression of her bunions. Higher shoes place more pressure on the ball of the foot and the forming bunion. Lower heels relieve that pressure.

  • Wider toe box - shoes that cramp the toes will also apply more pressure to the area and speed up progression of bunions.

  • Shoes with a closed back - open back clogs or slides are very popular; however, they are the wrong type of shoe if you have bunions. When your foot is not in a securely fitted shoe, more pressure will be applied to the front of the foot. Keep open backed shoes for home, not for walking.

Get Your Feet Evaluated

Depending on your foot type, severity of your bunions, and how much they are affecting your life will dictate the treatment plan. While bunion surgery is an option, there are much more conservative approaches I'll use before considering it.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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