According to Harvard Medical School, ‘women are 10 times more likely to develop bunions than men.’ This is due to weaker ligaments and often wearing more pointed shoes, e.g. high heels.
So, what are bunions?
Bunions are a foot deformity created when a person’s foot alignment is adjusted, amongst many reasons this can happen through wearing ill fitting, pointed shoes which force the toes to be squashed together. As the big toe is squashed to take the shoes form, the bone is forced outwards in a diagonal direction resulting in a person having a lump on the side of their foot.
Bunions are a common foot problem. According to the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research it is estimated about 23% of adults between the ages of 18-65 will suffer from the condition.
What happens if they are left untreated?
It is extremely important to stop any problems from worsening. If a problem is not treated then it can lead to further foot conditions. Bunions are formed when bones in your toes are moved and the range of motion if effected, this can lead to suffering from problems such as arthritis.
As well as bones moving, your toes are squashed together which means you are more likely to suffer from ingrown toenails. In more severe cases the lack of stability from bunions can lead to chronic pain in your ankles, legs and back.
How are they treated?
According to Dr Moy, ‘a forming bunion can be slowed and, in some cases, stopped. Using orthotics or customised shoes which help slow or stop bunion development.’
Finding the right footwear is essential. Many of today’s footwear designs follow those that we have seen in the past – stylish and fashionable, yet overlooking the importance of comfort and structure. Pointed shoes that leave no room for toes will only increase the chances of suffering from these foot conditions.
It is recommended to wear wider fitted shoes, that give your toes space to move naturally when walking. As well as using the correct footwear, it is also recommended to do foot exercises and use toe supports, as they will help to strengthen your toes.
If bunions begin to cause pain, it is likely going to be because your foot has rubbed against your shoe and has caused irritation. It is recommended to take inflammatory medication or herbal remedies which may ease the pressure on your foot. If pain persists it is important to seek medical help from a doctor or podiatrist as severe cases can hinder walking or exercise activities.
Finding the correct footwear
Wide toe footwear is a solution that can help to prevent foot problems like this from worsening. Uufey Shoes are designed with this in mind. Our range of shoes feature arch support to help with foot problems like Plantar Fasciitis, and may help to prevent the development of other foot conditions. Uufey Shoes provide adequate space for your toes and feet to move naturally.
Uufey Shoes are built with 3 zone comfort technology to help with stability, balance and comfort. Increasing stability and movement within your foot can help to prevent bunions. Our products also include an orthotic insole which will help realign your foot to a more natural position.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of wearing the right shoes, you can watch our interview with Nurse Debbie on our IGTV or YouTube channel.
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