Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries 2020- Pot Luck – National Bunion Day by Mary Smith

Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the second post from freelance journalist and author Mary Smith...and this week a problem that is faced by many of us when we have that ‘Cinderella’ or should that be ‘Ugly Sister’ moment of trying on favourite shoes that no longer fit.

National Bunion Day by Mary Smith


It’s April 25 – it’s National Bunion Day.

National Bunion Day has been established to remove the stigma surrounding bunions, encourage sufferers to contact healthcare professionals and provide practical advice and information to help with the problem.

What is a bunion? It’s a misaligned toe joint which manifests itself as a bony lump at the base of the big toe. It’s an extremely painful condition. Ask Meghan Markle, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez or Amal Clooney and they’ll tell you how painful it is. Or, ask my sister. She may not be an A-List celebrity but she can tell you how painful it is to have a bunion. She’s had it for a long time and she’s still dithering about whether or not to have it operated on.

Over ten million women in the UK have bunions. Seventy five per cent of women with bunions are embarrassed by their feet. Ninety-seven per cent of women with bunions have bought shoes for a special occasion – and never worn them again.

Media personality Dr Dawn Harper (a bunion sufferer herself) has joined forces with Sole Bliss, makers of stylish shoes for women with bunions, to raise awareness for National Bunion Day 2019. Given her wealth of medical expertise and personal experience of the condition, Dr Harper, who hosts Channel 4’s hit series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, is the perfect ambassador for the campaign and the brand.

She said: “I’m honoured to be involved with Sole Bliss for a second year. As a sufferer of bunions, I am so pleased to work with a brand whose shoes are not only gorgeous but also provide women the guarantee of comfort. As a GP, I often have people in my clinic who are embarrassed and unsure about how they can manage the condition. This is exactly why I believe National Bunion Day is crucial – so we can inform the public that millions of people have them, they are not something to be ashamed of, and there are solutions.”

Surgery is the only solution to get rid of bunions. It can take a while to recover from surgery.

You’ll usually need to:

  • stay off your feet as much as possible for at least 2 weeks
  • avoid driving for 6 to 8 weeks
  • stay off work for 6 to 12 weeks
  • avoid sports for up to 6 months
  • Bunions sometimes come back after surgery.

You can understand why my sister is still dithering about surgery!

Some of the other solutions to ease bunion pain:


  • hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the bunion for up to 5 minutes at a time
  • try bunion pads (soft pads you put in shoes to stop them rubbing on a bunion) – you can buy these from pharmacies
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • try to lose weight if you’re overweight
  • wear wide shoes with a low heel and soft sole

Don’t: wear high heels or tight, pointy shoes

Where’s the fun in not having pointy shoes?

Sole Bliss, who introduced National Bunion Day, was launched in 2017 by designer Lisa Kay following five years of research and development. Elegant, yet deep and spacious at the front, they provide stylish shoes for women with bunions. Lisa said: “I hope we can continue to remove previous stigma and let women who currently suffer in silence know that there is a brand new range of on-trend, stylish shoes designed especially for them.”

I never use this blog for promotions (other than my books, and I’m so useless at that – did you even know I wrote books?) but for some reason – maybe my sister’s bunion – this National Bunion Day appeals to me!


© Mary Smith 2020

About Mary Smith

Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She wanted others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. And she discovered the little girl who wrote stories had become a real writer after all.

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women is an account of her time in Afghanistan and her debut novel No More Mulberries is also set in Afghanistan

Books by Mary Smith


A recent review No More Mulberries

Carol McKay 5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 June 2020

A really enjoyable story that had my imagination fully immersed in its portrayal of the sensory world of 1990s rural Afghanistan. A tender love story set against a backdrop of cultural conflicts and encroaching war.

Mary Smith, Buy:Amazon US – and:Amazon UK –  Blog: Mary Smith’s PlaceGoodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @marysmithwriter


Thank you for dropping in today and Mary would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.

52 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries 2020- Pot Luck – National Bunion Day by Mary Smith

  1. Hi Sally, Thank you for introducing Mary to me.

    Nice to meet you, Mary. The word “bunion” has a funny sound to it, although it is obviously not a funny issue. Like you say, a problem for many women. I have known people who have had surgery for bunions. Recovery takes a long time. All of your points are very interesting and helpful. 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Sally. I’d forgotten about this post, although I remember the one I did the year before which featured Meghan Markle and other celebs who suffer from bunions. After that the PR person for Bliss shoes got in touch to thank me. I don’t know if there was a National Bunion Day this year, maybe it was cancelled because of Covid or maybe the PR person has moved on.

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  3. Here’s another bunion sufferer! I have learned to live with them; apparently Elizabeth Taylor had bunions as big as golf balls! I have never considered surgery since a nurse friend of mine said they can only do one foot at a time and you’d be off your feet for months. My solution is to wear Ecco shoes only.

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  4. Good to read something debunking the humour in bunions. I have something similar on my heel which goes by the delightful name of Haglund’s deformity. Those I’ve told think it’s hilarious…

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      • The original bony outgrowth wasn’t painful or a problem and so I ignored it – but now it’s affecting the Achilles tendon, which is. Fortunately, there’s a physio in the family and so I have exercises to do but if that doesn’t work then it has to be surgery. In terms of health issues this is very minor 🙂

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  5. I never really knew what a bunion was, but knew they weren’t something good. I should be in good shape since the only thing I wear on my feet is sneakers and slippers. 🙂 A wonderfully informative post. Thanks Mary and Sally. 🙂

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  6. Why humans always need to stigmatizise things, on human body too? A great day for remembering also this, and by the way women shoe fashion looks sometimes really horrible to me. Thank you for this informative posting, Mary and Sally! Enjoy tomorrow, the last day of a here mixed-weather week. Michael

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  7. Wow, Judging by the number of people here who have this painful penance, I am lucky to not be one, especially after wearing pointy, very high heels for decades. I love my Fitflops now in summer, but I still wear heels, only much lower. 🙂 ❤

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