The foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands. It’s the mixture of sweat and bacteria in our shoes and socks that makes feet smelly. “Clean, dry feet can lower the risk of both foot odor and fungus infections,” says Kaye. <more>

250,000 sweat glands! Unbelievable! Actually I do believe it because of what I’ve encountered through this bunion surgery healing process. Phew! I bought Dr. Scholl’s Odor Eaters for both my healing boots (driving and walking). Fortunately, now that the tootsie has more air and I can wash it (gently now), she’s sweet-smelling again.

This is outrageous! Half of American women have bunions?!  That’s 100,881,000 million women according to the 2000 U.S. Census! AND there are 135 different bunion operations!

I had no idea until my right foot started to hurt so much and I began researching bunions on the internet that this was such a huge issue for so many women. What’s your experience? Post your comments below.

“Posh Spice has one, a whopper that sticks out of her golden lace thong sandals like a raw pink golf ball. And I have two. One on each foot. Hobbling hordes ‘Bunion? Isn’t that what women get for wearing the wrong shoes?’ a friend asked. True. About 50% of American women get bunions, a statistic that didn’t make me feel any better. I owe mine to my mother. Yes, they are hereditary and no, I have never worn stilettos.’Bunion?’ I asked the doctor. ‘Is there no fancier word? Something in Latin perhaps. Something complicated, more interesting?”Well, bunion is the ancient Greek word for turnip. Does that help?’ the doctor with the orange clogs asked. (*)No, it didn’t.”

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Even celebrities aren’t immune to the Turnip Disease. And the author of this article (who has a very funny twist on aging) thinks we need to find a different word for bunion too. I sure do. I’ve decided to get back into the world of dating after my surgery (my sister asked, “Would you want to have a first date with a man who was having bunion surgery?” Enough said. Bunions definitely take me back to my paternal grandmother who lived in these really ugly black tie shoes that had a bulge, now that I think of it, the size of “turnip” at her big toe joint. Bunion or turnip, I’m grateful for the new technology and the new right foot I’ll have next week.

What about you? How do you feel about the word “bunion”? What images or memories does it evoke for you? Post your comments below.