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Why Are Bunions More Common Among Women?

One out of three American women has experienced the irritation of a bunion. Women are more likely to develop bunions because of the footwear they fashion, particularly high heels. In fact high heels are the number one cause of bunions, yet for some reason this dangerous form of footwear has remained popular.
The term bunion refers to a particular foot deformity in which a growth appears on the base of the joint of your big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful and result in severe swelling. Bunions can even irritate the rest of your toes as it rubs against them and squeezes the toes together while in shoes.
Bunions can be caused by all sorts of ill-fitting shoes, but high heels remain a top cause in women. Particularly because of high heel shoes with narrow and pointy toe boxes.  High heels trap your toes and squeezes them together, which does not allow proper ventilation nor does it permit your toes to move – two basic elements you should look for when purchasing footwear.
High heels continue to rule the fashion world as a preferred form of footwear despite the lack of comfort they offer. To make matters even worse, the heels seem to be getting higher and higher. High heels not only tire your feet after only a few steps, but they are dangerous to your health. However, women continue to suffer through the pain in order to look taller and be fashionable. Put your health first and reduce your use of high heels or hopefully discard of heels altogether.
Extensive use of high heels can not only result in pain, but can actually alter the shape of your feet and even result in skin deformities such as corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes and much more. There are much healthier forms of footwear that are still fashionable and it does not have to be one or the other.
You can severely lower your risk for bunions by discarding your high heels altogether. If you absolutely must continue to fashion high heels, don’t wear them on a daily basis. Make high heels for special occasions only and accompany heels with the use of custom made orthotics, which can offer you greater support and cushioning.
If you would like to be fitted for custom molded orthotics or if you develop an irritating bunion, contact our office at 773-561-8100to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos.