Shoes and Foot Pain

Shoes can Prevent Foot PainA study has found that 88% of women in the USA wear shoes that are too small for them and 55% of women are sporting bunions.

Bunions are far more common in women than in men and are usually attributed to wearing poorly fitting shoes that are narrow at the toes and squeeze the toes into an unnatural position. Polio and  arthritis has also been known to cause bunions through structural deformities where the big toe can turn inwards towards the second toe. This can lead to a bump on the side of the foot and inflammation around the joint that may be tender

Buinions and Shoes

Bunions can be prevented by choosing shoes that fit properly and don’t squeeze the toes. It may be possible to stretch the part of the shoe that is causing the problem, but this is rair. Splits and orthotics can also be used to help reposition the toes and relieve pain.

When choosing shoes it is important to choose ones that fit properly rather than just relying on the size. Size can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Also make sure the toe boxis large enough to fit your toes in comfortably.


In some severe cases surgery has to be considered, especially if traditional treatments have failled. Although this surgery can realign toes and relieve the pain, it is important to remember you will still not be able to wear narrow pointed shoes and may have to wear sensible shoes for the rest of your life. Recovery period from such surgery is about six to eight weeks.

As well as ill fitting shoes being the cause of bunions corns and calluses there are conditions such as Morton’s Neuroma that can lead to pain, swelling and cramping in both the feet and toes.

The Right Shoe

A recent poll conducted by a leading UK shoe manufacturer has revealed 31% of women feel shoes are too narrow and 23% claim the calves are too narrow on high heels. The explanation behind this could be the fact that shoe design dimensions has not changed significantly since the 1950s and is still based around a C fitting. Although some manufacturers have simply increasing the dimensions of an existing design is one option it is better to completely redesign a shoe with new wider dimensions for wider fittings is always better.

Prevention is always better

Although there are many different methods to help treat bunions and related problems prevention is always better then cure and prevention can begin with the correct type of shoe for the correct person

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