Friday, October 03, 2008

Ouch--time to lose the sandals

…According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (, fall is a big pain in the foot. Bunions!

…According to their website, “Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. But the visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot."

...Bunions are a progressive disorder, they explain. They begin with a leaning of the big toe, gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which continues to become increasingly prominent.

…Some people never have symptoms—others are plagued with pain.

…Fall is when most people get bunion surgery. Not only are insurance deductibles running out so more women run to the foot doc, but they are looking at a less active time of year to get those bunions operated.

…Shoes do not cause bunions—but they can cause the pain. Avoid high heels and styles that bunch the toes together (illustration, big time!). The front of the shoe needs to be wide.

…Some docs also recommend padding or shoe inserts and soothing creams. These do not stop the bunion from getting worse, though.

…People think that after surgery, bunions will return. This is a myth.

…But the surgery can be painful and recovery from take a while. HA’s Avon lady is still walking kind of gingerly even after a month or more.

…So get all the info and decide. If you live up north, you can’t stay in sandals all year or you will have other issues—frostbite.

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