If the shoe fits, you might avoid bunions

The orthopedic community generally agrees that poorly fitted shoes can exacerbate bunions, but many people may not know how to find footwear that fits. 

If the shoe fits, you might avoid bunions According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, bunions or hammer toe can be caused or made worse by wearing shoes that are too small or don't properly fit the contours of the foot. 

Recently, in the Huffington Post's Style section, a podiatrist offered some tips to help people discover their actual shoe size.

First, Steve Rosenberg recommended that individuals stop ignoring those shoe measuring devices found at shoe stores. These can help determine shoe size based on both length and width of the foot.

He also said that there should be a thumb's width between the tip of the longest toe and the edge of the shoe to ensure enough room.

If one of your feet is larger than the other - due to bunions or other factors - purchase a pair of shoes to fit the bigger foot, wrote Rosenberg. This will lessen crowding and discomfort in the affected foot.

Additionally, bunion splints or orthotics may help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful, costly bunion surgery

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