The Internet Thinks Meghan Markle Has Had This Niche Surgical Procedure
By Katie Rosseinsky Posted on 2 Nov 2018
Now one of the most famous women in the world, Meghan Markle is subject to a level of scrutiny experienced by few others. Her every outfit change, hair style (messy bun or high ponytail?), word and gesture can instantly inspire hundreds of online headlines, but now the Internet’s collective attention has turned towards something very specific indeed. Yes, we’re talking about the slew of articles speculating as to whether or not the Duchess of Sussex has undergone surgery to correct her bunions. Sigh.
It all started, as it so often does, with a photo, in this instance showing Meghan barefoot as she participated in a traditional powhiri welcome ceremony at Te Papiouru Marae, the Maori meeting house in Rotorua, New Zealand. With liberal use of the zoom function, social media users began to point out that the Duchess has the tiniest of marks on her left foot, similar to scarring which might suggest anti-bunion surgery. Cue a flurry of headlines discussing Meghan’s so-called ‘secret surgery.’
‘Meghan’s scar is 100 percent due to open bunion surgery,’ Kumar Kunasingham, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at BMI Shirley Oaks hospital told The Sun. ‘While the scar is only four-five cm long, this type of surgery can be very painful and it can take up to three months before patients can wear heels again.’
‘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,’ he continued, perhaps referring to those much-analysed photos of Meghan wearing shoes that appeared a size too big for her this summer.
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If you’re not already aware, bunions are small, often painful lumps on the side of the feet; they’re thought to be hereditary, but are exacerbated by wearing tight shoes with high heels. So, why are these headlines acting like bunion surgery is something controversial or shameful? The procedure is, after all, the only way to treat the condition - and who are we to criticise Meghan for making a personal choice about her health?
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