Dr. Jacoby shares if women with bunions have to sacrifice shoe style for comfort?
It’s common for people and especially women when they come in to see me about this condition – what can be done? What could be done non-surgically? That’s usually the first question that I am asked, and obviously for women it’s a dilemma because shoe gear is difficult to accommodate a foot deformity to forming if you have to sacrifice style for comfort. That’s the most common question.
Now I think the shoe manufacturers are coming to the rescue of women. They are making shoes that have more style and have better functionality, but there’s still limitations. If you have a shoe that’s too narrow, too pointed, and too high a heel, that’s going to be a problem, and to me, to do a surgery to accommodate the foot to the shoe is really not the best that we can do for a foot. I’d rather have the shoe accommodate the foot, the other way around.
So if we are into a surgical procedure, you have to change your shoes. I don’t think you should do a surgery just to get into the shoe. And that, again, the surgery that we do depends on the amount of deformity that is present.
Of course, there’s other issues that need to be addressed–the age of the person, the activity of the person, their general physical condition. Somebody who is 89 years old needs a different procedure than somebody who is 23 and active. So we have to kind of customize the procedure to the person.
About Dr. Jacoby, D.P.M.:
Dr. Richard Jacoby, D.P.M., graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Parkview Hospital, Philadelphia, specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons, he is currently president of Valley Foot Surgeons in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Dr. Jacoby is chairman of the board of Healthcare Networks of America.
Dr. Jacoby has been named the 2010 President of The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.