Good quality shoes may help keep bunions at bay
It's not just high heels that can exacerbate bunions and hammer toe, as low quality footwear in general is not good for the toes.
It's easy to understand the appeal of a pair of inexpensive, trendy shoes. They can sometimes look deceivingly high-quality and update an outfit for less money than a dinner out.
Proper fit, quality construction and supportive arches are key to maintaining healthy feet and staving off foot conditions, according to Arizona podiatrist Mark Forman.
"The first step towards healthy, happy feet is choosing proper footwear. An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body," Forman said.
He said the first step is to choose a shoe that is appropriate for the type of activity the wearer plans to engage in. Forman said individuals should have separate shoes for recreation and for work.
People who develop bunions regardless of shoe choice may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics, which have been shown to help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery.