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We could get into exactly what a bunion is and how they’re formed, but how about we just summarize, huh?

Your feet are a great way to get information: Am I standing on level ground or a hill?  Is it soft or hard?  Bumpy or flat?  Your feet inform how the rest of your body positions itself in order to stay upright and your eyes seeing as much as they can (to get the most food or stay away from predators back in the day).  So, the more contact your feet can have with the ground, the better.  If you lived your entire life barefoot, your feet would look something like this:

Look at those toes!  They’re all spread out, just grabbing whatever info they can!

In this country, though, we have this nasty little habit called ‘shoes.’  When you wear shoes, especially of the pointy-toed variety… your toes can’t grab a whole lot of info.  In fact, they get very squished.  It’s as if they’re being buried alive in gorgeous coffins.  Yes, it’s very scary and very sad, even if those shoes are just sooo cute and make your legs look amazing.  And then, there’s a lot of jargon about sesamoid bones and ligaments and tendons and plantar fascia, which I find interesting, but is probably TMI and you get a bunion.  Eek!  Once you have a bunion, there’s no easy fix, unfortunately.

 

First of all, prevention.  Take your pointy-toed shoes off!!  Don’t get me wrong; I have and wear shoes.  I even wear pointy-toed heels once in a while.  But I’m barefoot whenever I can be (around the house, at work, and in the car, but that’s illegal, so don’t tell anyone).  And I have those funny looking ‘toe-shoes’ that I wear all summer long, and when I run (on a treadmill or a path) or when I hike.  This is what I advise for you as well.  If you can’t be barefoot at work, try to get wide shoes with as little heel as possible.  Try to feel the ground as much as possible.  Wiggle those toes when you get a chance.  Spread them out while you’re lying in bed.   Stretch them wide!

Other options include surgery, Rolfing, and spacers, among other things.  The least intrusive is simply wearing a spacer between your toes.  I’m sure you can buy fancy spacers, but you could also use a small piece of foam or a wad of toilet paper between your first and second toes.  Rolfing can help restructure your feet, but it’s a long, slow process that is often painful.  Just being honest here.  Surgery, from what I hear, is painful and a long healing process as well.  So, yeah, I’d be happy to help, if you really want to work on fixing that bunion.  But if possible, it’s better to avoid getting one in the first place.

More questions about bunions, or feet, or what I can and cannot work on?  Send them my way!  I love hearing from you!

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  1. By » Shoes: Less is More Theresa's ramblings on 14 Oct 2015 at 10:18 am

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