New Feet Coming!

by emily on November 18, 2012

A LO-ONG time ago, I wrote a post about my bunions. Click here to check out what they looked like a couple years ago.

Here is what the left one looks like now:

Beautiful, isn’t it?

My second toe has been one huge callous for at least the past six months because of the big toe pressing against it. And now it is pressing into my third toe. I have seen photos online of what untreated bunions eventually look like, and it is a horrible, frightening mess. I did not want this to get any worse.

I’ve tried everything:

  • bunion splints (they are for moderate bunions only; my left one was already severe by the time I bought them, my right one is now severe, too.)
  • iodex (I read that a deficiency of iodine can cause bunions, and that applying iodex can make them go away. Baloney.)
  • regular foot massage
  • increasing magnesium intake
  • Foot Levelers orthotics

Let me park on that last one for a moment. My previous chiropractor told me that wearing those $236/pair custom-made orthotics all the time would stop my bunions from growing.

They kept growing anyway.

Look, I really appreciate the chiropractic profession and I consider that particular one a friend. But I recently learned a really hard lesson that I have resisted for years:

Sometimes, conventional medical advice is better than what comes from the alternative health world.

Geez, I can’t believe I just wrote that. I feel like a hypocrite or something.

But when I had my appointment with the podiatrist a couple of weeks ago to discuss surgery, the medical assistant strongly implied that those of us with high arches need to walk around in supportive shoes, i.e., shoes that you cannot twist, or bend except at the toe box. Bunions, she told me, are caused by overpronation (NOT any sort of deficiency) and such shoes prevent overpronation.

This video defines and illustrates overpronation:

This also happens in women who often wear high heels, and, as mentioned in the video, people with flat feet.

So my surgery is tomorrow, Monday, November 19. I will let you know how it goes.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers; my husband will probably be cooking dinner that day. ;)

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