Does Darcey Bussell Have Bunions?

Victoria Beckham’s bunions are well publicised and are reputedly caused by her love of wearing very high heels. Whilst I have no doubt that high heels are a contributory factor, I do know that there is a hereditary element to them – otherwise why do I only have a bunion of one foot? I certainly didn’t spend the first 30+ odd years of my life hopping about on one stiletto-ed foot! Ballet dancers are also reputed to suffer from a range of foot problems when they get older, from all that work en pointe.

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Darcey Bussell became a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet when she was just 20 years old, and she stayed with them until she retired from dancing in 2007. I’m a big fan of hers and love her as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. I wondered, when she came on the Strictly stage in her beautiful high heels, and danced with a smile on her face, whether she had any problems with her feet. I know that I struggle with high heels now, and had to get rid of lots of them, because I have a bunion and just couldn’t bear the pain. I’m not a performer but I know that I couldn’t have kept that smile if my feet had been hurting.


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I have read about exercises that can help once bunions have developed and I can vouch for the fact that they work, but it seems that exercise can also help with prevention too. The technology is good enough nowadays that the possibility of getting bunions in the future can be predicted.

One of the exercises that Victoria Beckham is reputed to do is to stand with her toes resting on a step and let the heels drop so the calves are stretched. I’ve tried it and it helps.

Another good exercise is to stand on tip toe for a few seconds. I use the yoga exercise where you lift on to your toes whilst raising your arms outwards and join them above your head, inhaling as you do so, hold for 10 seconds, then exhale as you lower your arms and feet. Repeat 10 times. Even after a couple of days, I feel less pain.

Anti-inflammatory drugs can help with the pain, as does icing the toe, but I’d rather stop the pain in the first place, which is why exercise works for me.

So maybe even if Darcey does have bunions, she does exercise to help.



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