Hilarious British Comedienne Miranda Hart Opens Up About Bunion Condition

Miranda Hart is the brilliantly funny creator of her self-driven semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom Miranda, which is based on her earlier BBC Radio 2 radio series Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop. Her television sitcom ran for three series and several Christmas specials from 2009 to 2015 and earned several british television and comedy awards. Unfortunately, like millions of women around the world, she also suffers from Bunions, or Hallux Valgus.

In a stunning revelation during a recent interview, comedienne Miranda Hart has spoken up about her painful and debilitating bunions. During her recent radio interview, she revealed that her bunions are so bad that she has had to resort to plastic toe stretchers to relieve the pain. In fact, the struggle with her bunions has become such a large part of her life that she will will probably include jokes about bunions in her next comedy routine.

My Struggle with Bunions

Like millions of women around the world, bunions or “Hallux valgus” run in my family. A team of scientists at Harvard Medical School, Hebrew SeniorLife and the Institute for Aging Research analyzed the foot health data of more than 2,100 individuals to determine whether foot conditions are inherited. They discovered that about 39 percent of women and 38 percent of men had a hallux valgus deformity, also known as a bunion. Among these individuals, about 89 percent of those younger than 60 had inherited their bunions.

In addition, as a fashionable woman, I also have a long standing love affair with high heel stilettos. The UK College of Podiatry warned that prolonged high heel wearing can trigger serious problems including arthritis, stress fractures and trapped nerves. The college’s Mike O’Neill, a consultant podiatrist, said: “There is absolutely no doubt that women who wear high heels are putting themselves at risk of permanent injury in the name of fashion.”

The combination of these two factors made me a prime candidate to suffer from bunions. I first started developing bunions in my early 20s. As a young woman I thought that I was too young to develop bunions, what I thought was only a foot condition for older people! “When younger athletes have a bunion, it’s a very complex problem. And in younger patients, the tendency for a bunion to recur later on is much higher,” Dr. Victor Prisk, orthopedic foot specialist at Allegheny General Hospital explained to the source. “A lot of the procedures don’t just involve shaving the bone down. It actually involves moving the bone and getting the alignment back to normal.” As I got older the foot pain made it harder and harder to enjoy the things I love the most like dancing and hiking. I foolishly neglected to take care of my feet and allowed my foot ailments to get worse and worse. It’s uncommon to hear the word “metatarsophalangeal” during a dinnertime discussion or at a bar with friends, but if you’re suffering from bunions, you have an association with this term that you may not even be aware of.

Finally, I reached the stage of bunion progression where something had to be done. I already knew from my research into bunion surgery that it is a costly and painful procedure that is reserved for only the most severe cases of Hallux valgus.
Much of information I read about bunion surgery and many of the images I found online of it were so disgusting and revolting that I would no longer even consider having the procedure done. If at all possible, I wanted a way to relieve my bunion pain while correcting the underlying bunion problem at home. Without surgery.

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I decided to experiment with various bunion products available online, but found many of these bunion products were inadequate or misrepresented. After much research, I found that many of the “soft gel” bunion products did not work at all. Bunion Splints seemed to offer the best bunion correction, but how to determine which bunion splint was the most effective? I needed to learn more about bunion splints. First I consulted the “Bunion Splint Buyer’s Guide” available on this site.

Finally after much research, I was able to determine that the best and most effective bunion splint is the “Bunion-Aid” Splint. It is the only podiatrist recommended bunion splint that has been scientifically proven to effectively treat bunions and relieve bunion pain. There are Bunion-Aid resources for medical professionals such as numerous clinical studies, medical testimonials, customer reviews and brochures available on the Bunion-Aid distributor’s website.

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Especially after viewing the Bunion-Aid reviews on Amazon.com I decided to give Bunion-Aid a try. After using it regularly for 6 months I am happy to report that Bunion-Aid is the only bunion product I have used that actually worked as promised. It has reduced my bunion and relieves my bunion pain every night. I usually wear it at night, but it works great for wearing around the house. It features a joint hinge that maintains foot mobility while securing the big toe. For now I am so happy that I was able to find an alternative to bunion surgery. However, while Bunion-Aid remains the most effective bunion product on the marketplace, I am always open to new technology and bunion surgery alternatives. Does anyone else have similar bunion struggles to share?

Foot pain could indicate a deeper problem

As people break out the strappy sandals and flip-flops for the summer season, many are also preparing for the foot pain that is associated with a more active lifestyle and less supportive footwear. Pain in the foot can be due to a problem in any part of the foot. Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, fascia, toenail beds, nerves, blood vessels, or skin can be the source of foot pain. The cause of foot pain can be narrowed down by location and by considering some of the most common causes of foot pain.

Cary Copeland DPM According to Cary Copeland, DPM, director of University of Cincinnati Health Podiatry services, “Foot pain is not normal, and people often accept it—even children,” he says. “People should be able to stand for hours at time—even wearing flip-flops or other flat shoes—without experiencing pain. It’s important to realize that if you cannot, there might be an underlying problem.”

Copeland says that if a child complains of foot pain, it isn’t normal, and that down the road, if not properly addressed, it could lead to hip, knee and lower back pain later in life.

“When you’re enjoying the day at Kings Island and notice that your child needs to sit down every half an hour, there may be other issues,” he says, adding that undiagnosed tightness in the calf muscle can lead to premature knee and hip pain and affect muscles and joints throughout the lower half of the body and lower back. “There are a number of issues that can be caused by an imbalance in the lower extremities, which people may often ignore and compensate in ways that harm other parts of their body.

“When you go to the ophthalmologist and the different strengths of lenses are put in front of you, it’s easy to see that your eyesight improves; however, with lower extremity imbalances, a person is not as aware that there is a problem.”

Oftentimes, children are told that they are experiencing “growing pains,” which do in fact happen during growth periods. However, Copeland says, this can occur as a result of overcompensation, which could lead to premature arthritis in the knees, hips and lower back and a specialist might be needed.

“It’s important to catch these problems earlier in life and remedy them to avoid arthritis or other joint and foot pain—including bunions, corns and hammertoes—later in life,” he says. “People often think these issues are genetic but it is the biomechanical imbalances that may be passed from parent to child, and if caught early, common foot pathologies can be avoided.

“Enjoy your flip-flops and sandals, but for the best health and an overall good quality of life, take care of any foot pain you may have.”