The Strange New Bunion Hack You May Want to Skip

Beneath Viola's award-winning smile is a hidden world of bunion painIt’s awards season in Hollywood and some stars will do anything to fit into their designer gowns and high-heeled shoes.

Consider, for example, Viola Davis, star of ABC’s hit show How to Get Away with Murder. Appearing on a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Viola shared her secret—AND STRANGE—pre-awards show beauty routine. Why am I sharing it with you? Because it had to do with her feet, of course!

Apparently, Viola has bunions and, right before she needed to leave for the Screen Actors’ Guild awards (where she won Best Actress in a TV series) they were causing her some discomfort. Still, a star has to look good on the red carpet, so she opted for an unusual fix—Crisco! In order to, as she explains it, “keep friction away from the shoe and the toe (that has the bunion on it),” Viola just massaged her foot with the shortening and hoped the slippery stuff would’t cause her to fall.

As a Houston podiatrist, I understand how difficult managing bunion pain can be, but I also want to give my readers some sage advice: trying to treat bunions on your own with home remedies or over-the-counter products is not a good plan. Here’s why:

Bunions start out as a minor problem but can quickly progress to the point where they require surgical repair if not treated properly. Managing symptoms like Viola Davis will do nothing to stop the excess bone growth that creates these painful bumps on your feet; an experienced podiatrist, on the other hand, can prevent bunions from getting bigger with appropriate, timely treatment.

If you’ve noticed a bump beneath your big or small toe that is beginning to cause you pain, don’t reach for the Crisco. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider to get started on a preventative course of treatment.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
I've never heard of using Crisco on a bunion before. It makes sense because it would help stop friction from irritating the bunion. Like you say these home remedies will only help for a short time, and don't do anything to stop the excess bone growth. Thank you for the great article.
by Dave Thompson August 10, 2015 at 03:51 PM
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