If more men in Seattle start following Korea's lead when it comes to fashion trends in shoes they'll be putting themselves at greater risk for bunions. Although we often think of bunions in women who jam their feet into high heels, in Korea the number of men who've developed bunions doubled over the last 5 years.

Although Korean men tend to be very fashion-conscious and wear tight shoes, there is no reason to think that Seattle men are only wearing hiking boots, Birkenstocks, and running shoes. As Seattle becomes the epicenter for everything from high tech to high-end restaurants, as a Seattle podiatrist I'm concerned that we'll start seeing the tight, pointy shoe phenomenon here.

While the message for wearing more comfortable shoes has been completely focused on women, it's just the right time to let men know that shoes do matter if they want to avoid bunions. Men who come from families who tend to get bunions likely have faulty foot structure. Poor foot structure along with tight, pointy shoes is a huge set up for bunions.

I'm not telling you to go back to the Seattle days of Birkenstocks, however, if you stick to the following tips your feet will thank you.

  • Get your feet measured at a store like Nordstrom or Shoe Advantage
  • Purchase the right size for your feet
  • Stick to shoes that have a rounded toe box

If you're experiencing pain from your bunions, don't wait to come see us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. We have over 30 years of experience treating bunions and all types of foot conditions. You can request an appointment online or call us at 206-368-7000.

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