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The Shoes Are Cute! But It Can Turn Your Feet Ugly

Shoes are an almost irresistible temptation for women. The sight of sexy stilettos, ultra high heeled shoes, cute wedges and the like never fail to stop a woman in her tracks. Shoes will always be a part of a woman’s social life, and cute shoes are always a must in a woman’s closet. But what can it do to a woman’s body? Especially to her feet?

heelsCute Shoes Can Turn Your Feet Ugly

It is undeniable, stilettos make you look and feel sexy. And those wedges are cute, but before you wear them, yet even buy them, consider what they will do to your feet. According to an article published in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shoes are identified as one of the culprits for foot deformities. Studies reveal 2 to 4 percent of the population has foot deformities. The most common among them is hallux valgus or bunions. 84 percent of these populations are women (particularly those who developed hallux valgus).

Hallux Valgus

Hallux valgus is a foot deformity where the great toe becomes laterally deviated due to the enlargement of the tissues or bones surrounding the joint of the big toe (the metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunions occur twice as often in women than in men, and one extrinsic factor seen to contribute to this are shoes. According to studies, bunions occur more frequently in females wearing shoes (which is at 48%) compared to only 16% for females not wearing shoes. Bunions can be quite painful, and when left untreated they can warrant surgical intervention. Aside from that, bunions can cause deformities that can prevent women from wearing the type of shoes that they want. Image Credit:  http://www.heelsforyou.com

yellow-black-jordan-heelsIs it Just Because of the Shoes?

The answer to that is both a yes and a no. Research reveal that one of the outside factors as to why women develop bunions is due to the shoes they wear. High-heeled shoes, ill fitted shoes and shoes that cram the toes awkwardly together (such as pointed shoes) all contribute to bunion formation. High-heeled shoes puts the foot in an unnatural position, certain designs of high-heeled shoes also offer little support to the foot (such as those with thin straps). The lack of support and the unnatural positioning of the foot cause the bunion formation. Choosing shoes that have a good fit and those that promote the natural position of the foot (such as New Balance Shoes) can help prevent and even solve this problem.

Shoes are not the only ones to blame for why bunions form. Recent studies have shown genetics also play a part. If bunions run in the family, there is a high chance you might get them, despite not wearing poor fitting kinds of shoes. A 1951 study revealed 77% of patients with bunions reported their mothers had the same deformities as well. In a recent study of 60 juveniles with halux valgus, their mothers also had the disorder.

For some reason, it is women who are more at risk, even in barefoot populations. One study found out that even in barefoot populations, the deformity is still seen and it is more common in women than in men. Image left:  Yellow Black Women Nike SB Dunk High Heel

This post is written by Amarendra. He says "I would rather see a woman comfortable in a New Balance Shoes than see her tortured in a high heeled stiletto."


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