Adjust your shoe choices over time to avoid bunions

The right shoes may promote healthy feet with aging. 

Adjust your shoe choices over time to avoid bunions Those of us who want to avoid bunions or hammer toe are by now aware of what causes the deformities and what should be avoided, namely high heels, flip flops and ill fitting shoes.

However, staying away from fancy but uncomfortable footwear may not be enough to keep some individuals from developing bunions. In fact, experts say that people's shoe choices should evolve along with how their feet change over time.

That's right. In the human body, nothing is static, as any aging individual can tell us. It turns out, however, that wrinkles and graying hair are not the only hallmarks of the passage of time. Our feet also change as we grow old.

Dr. David J. Kuester, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, wrote on the website of that in older people the toes spread as muscles and tendons become weaker, making the foot wider. So even if a certain brand or style of shoes was comfortable in someone's mid-30s, it may no longer be the case once he or she hits the age of 40 or 45.

Being aware of these changes and buying shoes with wider toe boxes to avoid undue pressure or rubbing can therefore go a long way towards preventing bunions.

For those who have already started to show the signs of the bony deformities, bunion splints or orthothics can provide a relief from symptoms and arrest their development. 

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