What causes bunions? November 23 2015

Women across the world have a love, passion, almost an obsession for not just buying high heels, but wearing them, too. However, there is a common misconception that high heels are a primary cause of bunions, and it’s an issue that needs addressing. Simply put, they aren’t.

With stories of celebrities sporting painful bunions emerging in the media all the time, everyone from Victoria Beckham and Naomi Campbell to Amal Clooney and Oprah; all suffering from painful bunions (some of which look like they need surgery), can fall victim to the dreaded distension.
Yes, it may be true that all of these ladies love sky-high heels and are often pictured wearing uncomfortable, tight and agonising shoes in the name of fashion, but we can’t place the burden of bunions entirely on the shoes.
How bunions are caused is much debated, and while it is agreed that high heels certainly add pressure and increase pain for those with bunions, the cause of them is likely to be inheritance along with the continued use of ill-fitting shoes.
So, to answer the question that all ladies with bunions are dying to ask; yes, you can still wear heels. But like everything else that is “bad for us”, only wear in moderation and ensure you are wearing the right kind.
For those of you with bunions that can’t wait to get back into your favourite heels, take note:

  • Choose heels that are thicker, for improved stability and more even weight distribution
  • Consider silicone shoe inserts to cushion the balls of your feet
  • Choose well-fitting shoes – if you have severe bunions, consider a wider fit to accommodate them
  • Know your heel height. While barefoot, tiptoe as far as you can comfortably before it starts to hurt, ensuring all toes are flat to the floor. The distance between your heel and the floor is your optimal heel height

If you want to take steps to correct your bunion, there are a few routes you can take, but none as unobtrusive as the Bunion Sleeve. Our lightweight, non-surgical bunion treatment is just 0.4mm thin. This means you can wear it in your shoes comfortably while maintaining an active lifestyle and correcting that unsightly bunion.
Catch that bunion in time before it forms, and remove the need for invasive surgery.
The only real catch is that the sleeves can be visible in some heels. However, this can easily be solved by wearing a nice pair of socks or tights. Now you can reduce your bunion and look fashionable at the same time!
Perhaps one or two of the celebrities mentioned above would benefit from the original and best Bunion Sleeve too?

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