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Did Victoria Beckham's Bunion's Disappear?

Posted Jan 04 2009 8:00am

I recently read a blog post (you can check it out here ) focusing on Victoria Beckham's (aka Posh Spice of Spice Girls fame) bunions. The claim was that she was tired of the bunions and didn't want surgery because of her inability to wear high heels after surgery. She wore a simple night splint and the bunion disappeared in a short period of time.

A bunion is often perceived as a bony growth on the side of the foot. It is, however, the bone behind the big toe shifting out towards the side of the foot. The surgical correction usually involves breaking that bone, shifting it over, and securing it with a screw or pin. While there are bunion deformities that are due to soft tissue contracture, it is the minority.

I often use bunion splints as postoperative aids. I have not had the experience of a bunion be "cured" simply from a device such as this (for an example of a night splint, click here ). It can, however, help with some of the deformity and resulting pain.

As for Ms. Beckham, the pictures shown on the site are hardly evidence that the bunion has disappeared. For her sake, however, I hope she chooses her shoes more sensibly so the bunion does not worsen. Otherwise, surgery may end up being her only option.

If you'd like to learn more about bunions, their cause, and treatment, including an informative video, visit our website.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Tanglewood Foot Specialists
Advanced Care With a Compassionate Touch
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