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Darlene, age 54: I was really surprised when I
read that fewer people have painful bunions in parts of the world where they
don't wear shoes. I guess I didn't realize how much my choice of shoes was
affecting my foot until the pain got so bad that I asked my doctor about it.
She asked what kind of shoes I usually wear and if I had tried wearing shoes
with a lower heel and more room in the toes. I was skeptical. I mean, women
have been wearing heels for decades! But I told her I would try it for 1 or 2
months and see what happens. I'm not much into surgery if I can avoid it at
Leslie, age 47: The dress code at my company
requires women to wear suits, preferably with skirts and heels. Although I have
switched to the lowest possible heel with the widest toe box, my bunion is
still really painful. I can control the pain with anti-inflammatories, but the
medication irritates my stomach. I'm going to have surgery to see if I'll be
able to cut back on the medications and have less pain.
Giacomo, age 40: I'm an active person. I like
to run and hike. My bunion is making this difficult, but I really don't like
the idea of surgery. For the time being, I'm making changes in my shoes. I've
cut my running shoes to make room for my bunion and use pads in my hiking
boots. I've also made sure my work shoes are roomy and comfortable so I don't
make things worse. So far, this has been working.
Marjorie, age 60: I really enjoy my daily
walks with my two dogs, but lately it has been pretty painful. My bunion rubs
on the top of my walking shoe and feels like it's going to wear a hole right
through it. I've thought about cutting a hole in the shoe, but that doesn't
seem like a reasonable option for every pair of shoes. It's important to me to
be able to keep walking comfortably, and my doctor tells me that my type of
bunion has an excellent chance of successful repair. I'm going to have surgery.
Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
March 6, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 06, 2008
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