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Choosing the Correct Footwear for Bunions

How Can Proper Footwear Help My Bunions?

Many people still believe that bunions are only for senior citizens; however, nothing could be further from the truth. While women are more susceptible to bunions than men are, they can happen to anyone. Typically, ill-fitting shoes, particularly high-heeled, pointed toe shoes, cause them. Such footwear may be fashionable, but they are anathema to your feet. In shoes that are too constrictive, the foot is forced into the unnatural position of bending inward, toward the second toe. This causes the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and out of place. The joint will then enlarge, compensating for the odd realignment. That bony bump at the base of your big toe is a danger signal that should not be ignored.

Pressure on tendons will then cause the big toe to be pulled into an abnormal position. Eventually, an unsightly bunion occurs, becoming permanent and sometimes painful. Bunions can affect the way a person walks, inhibiting the normally wide base of stability in alignment. Ill-fitting shoes aggravate and perpetuate bunions. From childhood, wearing proper fitting shoes will help prevent this painful condition. However, many people opt for haute couture over being comfortable and correct when it comes to shoes. The result is many adults walking around with protruding and painful bunions. Choosing footwear with a proper fit and sufficient toe room can actually help prevent, or delay, the development of bunions later in life. Children should always wear correct, carefully fitted shoes.

If you currently suffer from bunions, it is even more important that you choose the proper footwear to correct your condition, or at least mitigate it. Short of actually having surgery to correct the condition, supportive footwear is the next best solution. Fortunately, corrective and supportive footwear not only provides crucial metatarsal and medial arch support, but also comes in fashionable designs and great looking footwear in a wide range of styles. The good news is, many of the best shoe manufacturers in the business have heard your cry for help and feel your pain. People in the know choose wisely, when it comes to buying footwear and always trust the venerable experts with proven results and happy customers.

Birkenstock, and the Birkenstock family including Tatami, Alpro, Papillio and Footprints & Finn Comfort are just a few of the great shoe manufacturers that offer stylish, attractive options that can get your feet back on the right track. The musculoskeletal structure of your feet should be taken seriously and treated cautiously. Painful bunions can have a detrimental effect on your posture, the way you stand, and the way you walk. When your feet hurt, it is impossible to feel good. Making the right footwear choices will not only solve your immediate problems of pain and discomfort, they will also prevent long-term health issues such as knee, leg, and back problems.

There is a good reason athletes, hikers, walkers, health aficionados, doctors and people who are serious about taking good care of every aspect of their physical being, choose quality footwear produced by the best designers in the business. Podiatrist approved and fashion savvy, these great footwear choices eliminate the ultimatum between looking stylish and feeling great. Now you can do both. Two feet are all you are assigned in this life, take good care of them.

Your Feet Need Support Too

Don’t Neglect Your Feet, They Need Support Too.

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Although it seems pretty obvious that the human body was not designed to walk or stand on hard surfaces all day long, many of us wear footwear that does nothing to soften the impact to our feet, legs, and back. Even more obviously bad for us, but done in the name of high fashion, are high heeled and pointy toed shoes.

The results of this neglect, or ignorance, are ailments like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, hammer toes, bunions, knee pains, back aches, and more. Fortunately there are non-invasive remedies that can lessen or even reverse these ailments.

Feet need to be supported. Feet are designed to support the body while walking on soft ground. As the heel hits the ground it compresses and indents the soil. The arch area is filled by the ground and is supported as foot rolls towards the toes. By supporting the arch properly the plantar fascia is not stressed and the knees and back are kept in natural alignment.

Since we usually walk on hard surfaces, like sidewalks and tile, we need to compensate for the lack of softness and compression that soil provides. Supportive and flexible footbeds and insoles are the best available solution.

Toes need wiggle room. Footwear with a wide toe box may not make a splash on a Paris fashion runway, but trading in your pointy toed shoes sure will make your bunions feel better (or better yet, never develop). Avoiding high heeled shoes can keep you from developing hammer toes or metatarsalgia.

To feel your best you need Happy Feet. If you noticed a theme here, you’re right. Supportive insoles, wide toe box, and neutral heel cup – all of these are found in footwear that is good for you and your feet (and knees, and back). That’s who we are and what we believe. For 25 years Happy Feet Plus has been providing customers with footwear that makes you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. Who needs those high heeled, pointy toed shoes anyway?

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Regards,

Dave