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Bunions: How to prevent them?

Today’s blog features the third and final blog in a three-part series on bunions.

How are bunions prevented?

Shoes:  It’s all about the footwear you choose. Wear properly fitting shoes that are roomy enough to keep your toes spread naturally and evenly, and have deep enough toe boxes, which is the space that surrounds your toes.

Wearing tight or narrow shoes, high-heel shoes, and/or pointy shoes that put pressure on the big toe improve the likelihood of developing bunions. Instead wear low heeled shoes with stable heels, or flat shoes that have good arch support. Take a look at my blog on Buying Proper Fitting Shoes.

Opt for soft leather over synthetic materials which cause the feet to sweat. This might cause blisters to form.

Foot rolling or Pronation: When you walk, or run, try to prevent too much rolling inward of the foot to prevent bunions. Excessive foot pronation has been linked to bunion formation. Supportive shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotic shoe inserts may help correct this. Foot exercises will not prevent or fix bunions. However, exercise can strengthen the toe and foot muscles to alleviate pain and discomfort and ward off stiffness. Download a copy of my Assessment of the Foot Handbook.

Have questions? Simply reach out to me at Step Forward to Better Health.

I acknowledge that this image is borrowed from Shoe Checkup on April 17, 2017. Thank you!

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