Do you avoid showing your feet, avoid being barefoot or opened toes shoes because of an unsightly bunion? There are treatments for that to get you back into your flip flops, Marcie Fraser has more.
A bunion is a large bump on the inside of your foot, and it affects mostly women and you probably know the cause.
"Females have to fit their feet in tighter shoes with higher heels," said Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. David Dixon.
While many bunions are not painful, they can be unattractive.
"A deformity of that first MTP joint where that great toe enters in to the first metatarsal and as that bone becomes more prominent, the joint becomes more deformed it becomes more painful," Dixon said.
The pressure from the high heels creates a deviation in the toe joint.
"It's not actually a calcification it's a deviation of the bone. Once the joint starts stretching on one side and the shoe pushes it the great toe inward, then over time, it will continue to grow," Dixon said.
For some women, the pain these beauties cause is just not a good enough reason to trade them in for more comfortable perhaps less flattering shoes, but keep wearing the fancy heels and the problem will most likely get worse.
"You can develop abnormalities, hammer toes, ball of the foot pain called metatarsal pain and mortons neuroma," Dixon said.
When the pain becomes intolerable, surgery is an option.
"The repair depends on the degree of deformity and where the deformity is. It can as easy as shaving the bone down and cutting it and realigning just one part of it or cutting and realigning several parts of the bone," Dixon said.
If surgery is not an option at this time, you can manage the pain by changing your foot wear. That doesn't mean you have to toss the stilettos, just have them re-designed a bit.
"You can bring your shoes to a bootery and they can blow out the toe box and accommodate your foot," Dixon said.