Kathy Lee GiffordKathy Lee Gifford former talk show host of Live with Regis and Kathy Lee and the current co-host of Today’s show with Hoda Kotb, had no problem talking about her bunions on her Facebook page. She recently started a Q & A and told her fans to ask her anything. One fan reminded her that she met her in Nantucket where they compared bunions. She asked her if she’d had surgery and Kathy let her know that she’d had both her bunions done 7 years ago.

You may be wondering if bunion surgery is something that you should consider.

As a conservative practicing Seattle podiatrist, I don’t do surgery unless I have to. Before getting into the nitty gritty about surgery, here are a few things to know about bunions.

Bunions progress over time. Tight shoes and high heels in particular can be the biggest culprit. Although they aren’t hereditary the propensity to get bunions is often due to faulty foot structure (flat feet for example) which can be. So if you took identical twins with the same foot structure, depending on activity level, shoe type, and other factors one could get bunions and one may not.

My goals for bunions are to

  • relieve pressure and pain caused by the friction
  • stop the progression.

Once we’ve tried everything, then and only then will we start to talk about bunion surgery described in detail on my website. You can also check out the testimonials of one of my patients who was quite young when she had the surgery.

Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City if you or a family member is suffering from this condition. We’ll do a thorough assessment to determine next steps. You can reach us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.
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