Many women’s shoe styles are murder on your feet. High heels, narrow toe boxes push toes together like a trash compactor and place enormous (and enormously uncomfortable) pressure at the front of the feet. The entire foot is designed to bear weight but with high heel shoes the majority of the force is moved to the forefoot. Flimsy flats, ballet slippers, “cute shoes” and flip flops do nothing for the mechanics (rolling in of the foot). The alternative would be comfortable shoes that fit you well and provide the support and cushioning you need.
At your next family reunion, take note of parent’s, grandparent’s, aunt’s and uncle’s feet. If there is a bunion on your family crest then you are predisposed to the condition. A custom orthotic, tailored to your unique foot shape, can accommodate these flaws and keep the pressure off sensitive areas, potentially preventing a bunion from forming—or at least slowing its progression.
For the very young members of the family (1-10 years old), the bone structure is adaptable and permanent changes can occur if the foot is controlled in a correct position with an orthotic. Given enough time for bone to change position, we can see the same correction that a surgery would produce without making a single incision.
Unfortunately, even these sensible recommendations may not, in the end, be able to keep you from inheriting your mother’s feet. If and when that happens we can discuss what treatment options are best suited for your needs and lifestyle. To schedule an appointment, please call the office of Jeffrie C. Leibovitz, D.P.M. in Indianapolis at (317) 545-0505.