You may have heard the phrase an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well that is certainly the case when it comes to bunions. If you're in your 20s or 30s and you're already noticed a bunion forming off the side of your big toe, you won't have to look very far to see what it could look like years down the road. Just check out your mother's or grandmother's bunions. If their feet have become totally misshapen or they can barely walk or wear shoes, it's more likely that your feet will look like that too unless you take some simple actions.
Action Number 1
Ladies I hate to give you the bad news, but women are ten times more likely to develop bunions than men. Part of the problem is high heels. They accelerate bunion development because they tip your weight forward, forcing the toes into the front of the shoe. If you're toes are already in bunion mode, than you'll need to lay off the heels to prevent them from getting worse.
Action Number 2
So what shoes should you wear? Shoes that are supportive, allow your toes to move, and have a wider and higher toe box are best for preventing bunions from hurting and progressing. For my younger patients where style is often an issue, the good news is that you don't have to sacrifice style for less painful feet. Stable running shoes and shoes by Dansko, Naot, Keen, and Alegria work well and look good. For more specific recommendations, check out Kirsten Borrink's blog, called Barking Dog Shoes.
Action Number 3
Certain foot types will put you at greater risk for bunions--namely flat feet and feet that pronate or roll in. Orthotics can prevent your bunions from progressing by neutralizing the forces that cause your big toe to move toward your smaller toes. These types of orthotics cannot be purchased over-the-counter and must be made by a podiatrist who specializes in treating bunions.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.