Why would someone be reading an article about how to prevent bunions? Well, you might have a friend who has a really ugly bunion and complains about it to you all the time. The foot pain it’s causing is something that you hope to never have to deal with. You might have a family member who has a bunion, and since you’ve recently learned that bunions are genetic you’ll do anything in your power to not end up with feet like mom or dad. Or you might be a foot model and a bunion would completely ruin your hopes of ever walking the runway or being part of a shoe commercial again. Maybe more realistic is that your day job does in fact require you to be on your feet and foot pain caused by a bunion would threaten your work ability.
The point is, you want to know how to prevent bunions and we’re here to help you. Here are 3 things that you can start doing today.
1. Keep an eye on your feet
Bunions develop slowly over time and sometimes don’t even show up until early adulthood or later in life. That’s why it’s important to keep track of the shape of your feet as they develop, especially if foot problems run in your family. It’s actually the underlying causes of bunions that are hereditary. The muscle strengths and weaknesses you inherited from your parents affect the way you walk and distribute weight. If they get worse over time they could cause a bunion. If you see a bump on your big toe starting to develop, the sooner you do something about it the less foot pain and problems you’ll have.
2. Wear the right shoes
Footwear that doesn’t fit you properly is a big culprit of aggravating the muscle strengths and weaknesses that lead to the formation of a bunion. Consistently wearing shoes that rub on the side of your big toe and cause friction and pressure should be avoided. For women in particular who are searching for how to prevent bunions, know that high heels that cramp the feet, push the toes forward, and pinch them together can cause bunions and all kinds of other foot problems. Instead, wear roomy shoes that have a wide and deep toe box, low heels or flats, and choose shoes that offer good arch support and strong soles.
3. Avoid activities that put pressure on your big toe
Sports such as running, speed walking, basketball, tennis, dancing, or other similar activities put a lot of added pressure on your big toe. If you have hyperpronation (excessive rolling in of the foot) this could lead to bunion formation. This doesn’t mean you should give up exercise completely. Instead, try activities that put less pressure on your foot, such as swimming, bicycling, or yoga.
Finding out how to prevent bunions now will keep you from experiencing foot pain later. If you do think you have the beginnings of a bunion, there are treatment options available. In fact, there is a device called HyProCure® that is offered as an option for preventing bunions by correcting the cause of bunion formation – hyperpronation and misalignment of the feet.
Learn more by downloading the free e-book below or contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.