victoria beckham bunionsVictoria 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.

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