Make sure shoes fit to avoid bunions

Three-quarters of women who wear high heels get foot problems

High heels lead to foot problemsAn article on reports that nearly 40 percent of women wear high heels on a regular basis, with three-quarters of them experiencing subsequent foot pain, bunions or hammer toe.

Choosing shoes that fit can be a tricky endeavor, especially for the fashion-conscious who tend to pick footwear with narrow toes. Many women think that if they can squeeze their foot into a shoe, then it fits.

However, this is not necessarily true. When the toes are crowded, especially in a high heel, they can become deformed over time, leading to bunions or hammer toe.

The news wesbsite recommends tracing the foot on a piece of paper while standing, then matching the outline to a pair of shoes. If the lines go outside the border of the shoe, you're wearing shoes that are too tight. reports that having your feet sized at the shoe store regularly, since feet can get bigger with age. Also, take a walk about the store before buying a pair to be sure they feel comfortable when you move.

If bunions or hammer toe do appear, bunion splints or orthotics may help to correct the condition. Additionally, individuals who are at risk for developing the hereditary condition may be able to prevent bunions or hammer toe using the devices. 

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