Even Victoria Beckham Worries about Bunions

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Whether you still want to call her Posh Spice or only know her as David Beckham’s wife, Victoria Beckham is a pretty recognizable woman, if only for the fact that she refuses to smile in any picture ever taken of her.Come on, smile, Victoria...I can fix those bunions!

I’ve always wondered why she insists on pouting all the time—I mean she’s got a pretty good life; husband, kids, her own fashion line…I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, but at least a little.

Now, a new rumor buzzing on gossip pages may have given me the answer: Mrs. Beckham reportedly has bunions and if she doesn’t take corrective action soon, she may not be able to wear heels anymore. As I understand things, in her world, that would be a VERY. BAD. THING.

As you may or may not know, a bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint, either at the base of your big toe or on the joint of your baby toe (when that happens it’s called a tailor’s bunion). When the bony growth attaches to your joint, the pressure enlarges that joint and pushes it outward—the result you see is a bump on your foot. Even if a bunion starts out small and doesn’t really bother you, over time, the increased pressure will make the bump bigger and more painful, making it difficult for you to fit into any shoes. If the rumors are true, that seems to be the situation Beckham has found herself in.

Apparently, Beckham’s bunions have become so bad that they will need to be corrected surgically; she’s reportedly going to do it in winter so that during the not-insignificant recovery period, she’ll be able to keep her feet under wraps in flat boots and shoes.

I still don’t totally get her sour-puss persona, but I do sympathize with what she’s going through. At my Houston podiatrist office, I stress early intervention when it comes to bunions, so that we can keep them from becoming so large and painful that you’ll need surgery to feel better. In fact, if you come in to Tanglewood Foot Specialists when you first notice a growth, I’m often able to come up with a treatment plan as un-intrusive as changing your shoes, padding your bunion and wearing special shoe inserts. Nobody wants surgery if they can avoid it; schedule an appointment with me as soon as you notice a bunion before your feet are bent (out of shape) like Beckham’s.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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