As George Clooney celebrates his one year anniversary with his wife Amal, the press has been all over the poor girl about her bunions. Plenty of other rich and famous women also struggle with Hallux valgus, the medical term for bunions. Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all been plagued by this common problem.

This is not at all surprising. Stilettos and other high heels commonly worn by fashionable women force the front of the foot and toes into unnatural positions. Over time, the big toe moves toward the little toes, and the classic "bump" forms. Some may disregard this idea. But consider this. Women outnumber men up to 15 to 1 in the formation of bunions. Case closed.

Although some may argue that heredity plays a role, what's really going on is that certain feet are more bunion-prone. It's the structure of the foot that's inherited. It's not uncommon for me to see mothers and then their daughters, usually years later.

Fortunately, if you have a daughter, you can help her prevent or slow the progression of bunions by warning her off of high heels. The earlier a woman starts wearing high heels and the longer she wears them the worse her bunions can become.

If your bunions are getting out of control and are causing you a lot of pain and grief, don't wait to do something about it. Here at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we have over 30 of experience helping people with bunions, whether you require a more conservative approach or surgery.

For more information about bunions:

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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