A bunion (also referred to as hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus) it’s a bump on the side of the big toe. It is caused when the big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment – producing the bunion’s “bump.” Bunions and high heels are often ushered in the same sentence.
Bunions are a progressive disorder – gradually changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing the characteristic bump, which becomes increasingly prominent. Symptoms usually appear at later stages, although some people never have symptoms.
Let’s face the fact that bunions are a massive struggle for women. It is overwhelmingly a female problem, largely as a result of high heels. The more you wear your high heels, the worst problem.
Most woman loves high heels – but we can’t forget that they are responsible for bunions to develop on our toes. It becomes very hard to wear high heels over time and we might even have to forget about wearing them at all as sometimes the pain can be unbearable.
Why bunions and high heels are a common problem
I have treated many female patients who complain that they aren’t able to cope with the bunion and unfortunately had to give up wearing their lovely high heels.
Before they decide to go and start the treatment they try to exercise and wear more comfortable shoes until the next night out when they can’t imagine showing up without their newly bought heels.
Once you have a bunion, custom-made orthotics can help alleviate the pain. They will control abnormal pronation, reducing the deforming forces leading to bunions and they can reduce the pain in mild bunion deformities and they stop further progression.
Although bunions are a common foot deformity around females, there are misconceptions about them. Many women may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment.
Ladies, don’t wait until the bunion take over your life. Treat it now.