Nigella Lawson talks about bunion surgery as a weight-loss plan

Last summer, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson revealed her bunions in public, leading numerous media outlets to plaster images of the voluptuous domestic goddess' feet on their pages. Well, it appears as though the attention affected Lawson, because she's since resorted to bunion surgery – which she said had a positive unintended side effect.

Lawson spoke with UK news source The Telegraph recently, revealing that she had bunions removed on both feet and that the subsequent pain was so intense that it prevented her from getting up for second servings or making midnight trips to the fridge.

"I couldn't walk to the fridge afterwards and, actually, it's quite a good diet; not because I stopped eating but because you can say to someone, 'Can you get me a slice of cake?' but it's kind of embarrassing to say, "And now could you get me a second slice?'" Lawson said, quoted by the news source. "And then when I did start hobbling around I had to feel I was hungry to go to the fridge. And that was quite good, because I suppose it trains you a bit."

Excess weight and foot pain have a cyclical relationship

It's not a rare thing for bunion correction to help people lose weight, though Lawson's situation may not be typical. Usually, fixing foot conditions – such as bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches – allows people to exercise more comfortably, thereby helping them shed pounds.

Conversely, carrying excess weight around can be the cause of foot pain. Everyday Health reported that being just 25 pounds overweight can lead to issues with the lower extremities, especially the foot and ankle.

Bunion surgery is not to be taken lightly

While bunion surgery may have worked for Lawson in unexpected ways, the operation comes with risks of infection, over-correction, scarring and bunion recurrence. (Moreover, those who are especially prone to overeating won't let crutches get in the way of their snacking. Can we say 'mini-fridge'?)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends trying non-invasive methods of bunion correction before going under the knife. These include wearing supportive shoes with a roomy toe box, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and icing bunions when they become painful or inflamed.

Additionally, many individuals report that bunion splints and orthotics are able to help reduce the appearance of bony foot deformities – sans scalpel.
 

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