Posted by Jenn F. on Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Belfast Telegraph reports that former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is considering bunion surgery to take care of her foot woes once and for all. The fashion designer is well-known for her love of high heels, but the joints of her big toes are so misaligned that she may have no other choice if she wants to find any shoes that fit comfortably now.
Not everyone needs surgery to make life with bunions tolerable. “You may be able to relieve pain and prevent bunions from progressing with conservative measures that take pressure off the MTP joint and improve foot mechanics,” reports Harvard Health. Bunion surgery isn’t usually needed, they add, unless there is a serious underlying deformity.
Conservative treatment involves maintaining a normal weight and wearing the right type of shoe. A wide, flexible sole, roomy toe box, sturdy heel counter and soft, breathable leather material will take pressure off the joints. Narrow shoes can s0metimes be stretched to accommodate a jutting joint. Drugstores sell moleskin or gel pads to protect bunions from painful rubbing. Podiatrists can fit patients with semisoft orthotic shoe inserts to position the foot correctly as it strikes the ground. Night splints will help hold the toe straight and ease morning bunion pain. To ease pain, patients can try warm soaks, ice packs, massage, and over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen. Cortisone injections are sometimes administered by clinicians to temporarily reduce inflammation.
As one may imagine, surgery is a big ordeal, requiring a lengthy — and sometimes painful — recovery. According to sources close to the star, Victoria has been advised that she needs treatment done on both feet as soon as possible, otherwise she will suffer serious problems within two years. “She’s been told that if she allows her bunions to get worse, she may never be able to wear heels again,” an insider told British magazine Heat.
Mrs. Beckham is renowned for her hatred of flats. OK! Magazine quotes her as once saying: “I beyond hate ballerina flats. I can’t walk in them. Unless they’re on a ballet dancer doing ballet, I just don’t get it. I love heels. I hate my feet – they are the most disgusting thing about me.”
Yet, rumor has it, she’s been told to wear flat shoes for the next six months to a year. The insider reports that Victoria may have surgery as soon as this winter, when it’s “easier to keep her feet under wraps and wear flats.”
“Victoria Beckham was probably predisposed to getting a bunion from birth,” says Manhattan podiatrist Dr. Nadia Levy. “However, her poor choice in shoes over the past few decades have likely aggravated the situation, making it a problem that needs to be treated surgically.” Here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we have specialists on staff who offer surgical and non-surgical interventions for problematic bunions that cause pain and discomfort.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Nadia Levy, and Dr. Ryan Minara have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.