Viola Davis from the movie "The Help" and recent recipient of the SAG awards for her outstanding portrayal of a defense attorney in the show "How To Get Away With Murder" revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that she uses Crisco to reduce the friction between her bunions and her shoes. She also uses it to help her dry skin. In Style, and Huffington Post did not use the word cure, but unfortunately Essence magazine titled their article "Viola Davis Uses Crisco to Cure Bunions". How misleading!

Although many people try to ignor their bunions, wear shoes that stretch, or sandals that avoid pressure on the bunion, I've never heard of anyone using Crisco.

If only taking care of your bunions was that simple.

If you do nothing at all your bunions will progress, causing more pain and irritation when you walk. That's why it's extremely important to treat your bunions when they start.

As a North Seattle Podiatrist this is what I tell my patients about how to prevent progression of bunions.

  • Limit or avoid high, high heels - very likely you're not an actress or a model and you don't need to show off your feet on the red carpet.

  • Wear shoes with a wider toebox or one that will accommodate your bunion - we know you don't want to look like a grandma by wearing uncool shoes, but we also don't want you to be in pain.

  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility - our office sends patients to physical therapy.

  • Padding or orthotics to stabilize the joint and maintain correct position - keep in mind that it's important to see a podiatrist trained to provide this type of treatment for bunions.

If you're finally ready to do something about your bunions, give us a call at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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