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Busting the myths about beautiful boots and bunions.

Jane Lawler


The days have cooled down, daylight hours are getting shorter and it is so much harder to get up in the morning. It must be getting close to winter.

Those beautiful boots and closed-in shoes that are perfect for cold wintery days often get the entire blame for putting you at risk of developing bunions (or exacerbating them), but, in fact, there is very little high-level evidence to support that claim.

There have been studies done in populations where people never wear shoes. These studies demonstrate that people who live barefoot are just as likely to develop bunions as people in communities where shoe-wearing is the norm.

While ill-fitting footwear can certainly cause irritation, exacerbate symptoms and prevent you from comfortably wearing the shoes you want to wear if you have a bunion, footwear is not the sole cause (no pun intended).

Bunions are actually caused by a complex combination of factors, namely our genes. We inherit genes that give us our foot type and function, and these factors determine whether or not we are likely to develop bunions.

Both men and women can develop bunions and there is even a juvenile form of bunions that can occur in children, well before they start wearing tight, pointed boots.

So, while we always encourage wearing well-fitted footwear that is shaped to accommodate the natural form of your foot, you don't have to throw out every pair of boots you own out of fear that they'll give you bunions. They won't.

Bunions are a fairly common deformity that can be successfully managed with an appropriate and personalised treatment plan. If you think you might be developing bunions, we can create a treatment plan just for you.

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