Our feet provide stability and support for the whole body, and problems with our feet can force changes in gait and posture that lead to back pain and threaten balance. Early warning signs can alert us to act quickly to prevent serious problems down the road. One warning sign is a tender bony bump on the outside of the big toe. That’s a bunion, which shows up when the metatarsophalangeal joint at the toe’s base is misaligned.
There’s some indication that bunions are hereditary, but podiatrists say wearing high heels is also a cause. Wearing heels directs most of the body’s weight onto the big toe and puts pressure on the joint. The extra pressure makes bunions become extremely prominent and painful.
Relieve pressure on the joint and stop bunions from progressing to assure long-term health for your feet. Wear heels that are 1 inch to 2 inches high with a wide, rather than pointed, toe box. The fit on your heel should be snug so feet don’t slide forward and put added pressure on toes.
Wear silicone gel toe spacers for fast relief if you have even a slight bump. They ease pain by helping realign muscles and tendons that support the joint.