Victoria Beckham Revisited...Wearing Too-Large Shoes To Fit Her Bunions

I previously discussed Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) and the questions that have been posed about her bunions. Does she have them? (Yes) Did she have surgery? (No) Did she get rid of her bunion without surgery? (Definitely not!) Click here to see the original post.

As you can see in the photo, Ms. Beckham has started wearing shoes that are too big for her, so her bunion can be comfortably accommodated. While on the surface this seems like a good idea, it certainly can cause other issues.

When a closed shoe, such is the one in the photo, is worn, it is meant to have a nice snug fit. The way it is fitting Victoria, there is lots of motion that will come from it. For one, her heel not only is sliding up and down, which can most certainly cause a painful blister to form, but the heel will also rock back and forth during the course of a step. This rocking motion will put forces on the back of the heel that can also cause blistering. The pressure can also impact the back of the heel bone, causing a bone spur to form. This is known as a "pump bump" or Haglund's deformity. If it becomes bad enough, it may also need surgery.

Wearing a shoe too large has biomechanical effects as well. The Achilles tendon is forced to work too hard, which can cause it to inflame. The muscles on the front of the leg and top of the foot will also work too hard, which can cause hammertoes to form.

It seems that, in the short term, the shoes are a good fit and the bunion does not hurt her. In the long run, she may be looking at creating new situations that may also need to be treated surgically in the future. Victoria...find shoes that fit!!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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