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.