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Giving your shoes Are bunions?

I saw a friend in a cafe and he introduced me to his wife. He explained that he was a foot surgeon and podiatrist. She started in a trade from the nightmares of shoe shopping and how I had horrible pain with every new pair, thinking that everyone would make your bunions worse. She asked "Shoes cause bunions?"

As a foot surgeon, this is one of the most common questions I receive. The fact is that the shoes do not cause bunions, genetic cause bunions. If you have bunions probably inherited from his mother, father or grandparents. If you take a close look at the feet at a family reunion you can likely find who is endowed with the genes that caused their bunions.

Now, having said that the shoes do not cause bunions, let me clarify by saying that the shoes can (and often do) make them much worse. The use of high-heeled shoes can significantly increase pressure on the joint of your big toe. All this increased stress can lead to instability in the joints of the midfoot really accelerates the speed with which they form a bunion.

So although it might have had 40 or 50 years to develop a bunion with flat shoes, the same person can develop bunions only 10-20 years before the additional pressure caused by shoes high heels. Even if the shoes do not have a huge heel, the shape of the shoe itself can also contribute to the early formation of a bunion. For example, shoes narrow pointed toe can push the big toe in a position that does not contribute to the development of a bunion.

Furthermore, the shoes with a seam runs right over the bump (bag), and tight shoes can cause bunions much more irritated and painful. Many times, tight shoes cause bursitis (irritation of the bag) or inflammation of the toe joint. When this happens the bunion can become red, tender and swollen.

The obvious solution to this is to avoid shoes that will probably cause bunions, increasing the amount of stress in the toe joint. This means wearing shoes comfortable. Buy shoes that have only a moderate heel of two inches or less. Use common sense.

If you have a function to attend a wedding formal dance or charity event, it is unlikely that one night in beautiful shoes will make any long term damage. Just do not wear high heels every day. Also make sure you avoid shoes with seams or seams that press or rub on the big toe joint more irritating the bunion.

So what is the bottom line when it comes to shoes and bunions? Well, have fun, shop for shoes, dress up when you need to be not to go overboard in high heels or pointy shoes. Although you may not be able to do much about the genes inherited, is not necessarily true that you will end up with painful bunions.

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Segler is an author, inventor and award winning foot doctor with a surgical podiatry practice in Chattanooga. He invented the patented surgical instrument that simplifies flatfoot surgery and bunion surgery. He publishes articles and teaches other surgeons about his unique methods to decrease pain after foot surgery. You can order a FREE copy of his informative book about common causes of foot pain at http://www.anklecenter.com.

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