Thursday, October 8, 2009

No Pretty Shoes For Me

I linger longingly at the stylish pointed heels but head toward the sensible comfort shoes, trying to come to terms with my unsightly, sometimes painful, bunions.

I shouldn’t be surprised that I have them. Mom does. And it’s likely my daughter will develop them too.


Because the malady responsible for angling my big toes toward my second ones is more likely to discomfort women (50% of women have bunions) and is hereditary.

Here’s how we can cope:

1. Purchase a shoe with a wider toe box.

2. Avoid heels and pointy toes

3. See a podiatrist to get specially-designed orthotics.

4. Use bunion-relief gel pads that fit over the toe.

5. Speak to a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon about the best bunion-removal surgical procedure for you. But, buyer beware. Bunions can recur.


karen said...

I go barefooted more than I wear shoes. My feet are good for now. But my sis is not so lucky. She is in pain all the time. And always looking for the perfect shoes. She buys lots of the bonion pads too.

Ms. 50something said...

One of my favorite places to purchase shoe or feet items: Footsmart! I found it and I love it.