‘It can make you CRY’ Meghan endures EXCRUCIATING procedure for THIS hereditary condition

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‘It can make you CRY’ Meghan endures EXCRUCIATING procedure for THIS hereditary condition

MEGHAN MARKLE was a red carpet staple long before her blossoming relationship with Prince Harry, but her penchant for high fashion appears to have left her with an uncomfortable niggling injury.

The Duchess of Sussex revealed the telltale signs of bunions while going barefoot at a Pōwhiri – a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony – when visiting Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua, New Zealand on Wednesday.

Royal spectators expressed concern after spotting faded red scar marks on the inside of her left foot.

Leading consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Kumar Kunasingam confirmed the scar was most likely caused by bunion surgery, and warned the procedure can be “very painful”.

He told The Sun: “Meghan’s scar is 100 percent due to open bunion surgery.

Royal spectators expressed concern after spotting faded red scars on Meghans feet in New Zealand Image GETTY
Royal spectators expressed concern after spotting faded red scars on Meghans feet in New Zealand Image GETTY

Meghan’s scar is 100 percent due to open bunion surgery

Kumar Kunasingam

“While the scar is only 4-5cm long, this type of surgery can be very painful and it can take up to three months before patients can wear heels again.”

He noted the joints of the metatarsal where bunions tend to occur have numerous layers.

Bunion surgery requires doctors to cut through these layers, before breaking and pinning the bone in a straight direction.

Commenting on the complexity of the operation, he said: “During surgery you have to cut through all these layers to get to the bone, which is then broken, straightened and pinned.

A bunion is a bit like an onion. It has so many layers and both pre and post-surgery they can make you cry.”

A leading surgeon said the scars were 100 percent due to bunion surgery Image GETTY
A leading surgeon said the scars were 100 percent due to bunion surgery Image GETTY

The medical expert nevertheless believes the Duchess has taken good care of her feet since her expected operation in 2015.

He said: “In 2015, you can see her scar is still pink, yet she’s deliberately chosen heels that don’t rub on the area.

“There’s also a lot of give and room in her shoes and I imagine it’s all because of her bunion surgery.”

Despite the Duchess’ love for high fashion heels including designs by Manolo Blahnik, fans of the former Suits actress have spotted her wearing shoes which are too big for her.

Notably, the heels she wore during her visit to Northern Ireland and for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace in May appeared to be a few sizes too large.

Bunion surgery can be very painful and can take up to three months to properly heal Image GETTY
Bunion surgery can be very painful and can take up to three months to properly heal Image GETTY

Mr Kunasingam nevertheless dispelled rumours that bunions are caused solely by wearing high heels, noting that they are hereditary and affect around 25 percent of the population.

However, he did admit feet issues can be aggravated by certain types of footwear, and warned that bunions can return even after painful surgery.

He said: “There is a risk with open surgery that the bunions can come back.

Meghan Markle has been regularly spotted wearing shoes which are too large for her Image GETTY
Meghan Markle has been regularly spotted wearing shoes which are too large for her Image GETTY

“Hopefully she’ll be okay, but were she to need surgery again, I would advise she had a keyhole procedure.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK