07-Mar-2014 09:35 AM
Dear Dr. J,
I can see that I am developing a bunion on my right foot and it is increasingly painful to climb. I worry that my moderately aggressive climbing shoes had worsened the problem as the toebox pushes the big toe towards the middle of the foot. I can no longer wear them and have to favor my right big toe when wearing my old beginner shoes. I basically can't edge on my right foot at all, and it now hurts to run/ walk more than 1 mile. I plan to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist soon. Should they recommend surgery, will I ever be able to edge or fully weight my foot, or smear? Is there a shoe you can recommend to use in the meantime?