High heels do not cause bunions

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High heels do not cause bunions
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Some say that high heels cause bunions. Specialists say that might not be the case. While high shoes can aggravate bunions in most cases they don’t cause them.

At least this is what the specialists at Arthritis Care & Research are saying. They have done a study to see what really causes bunions on the feet.

It turns out, it has nothing to do with the shoes you wear. Bunions are genetic.

“Hallux valgus and lesser toe deformity, two of the most common structural foot disorders that affect up to half of older adults in the U.S. and Europe, were found to be highly heritable depending on age and sex. The team reports that plantar soft tissue atrophy did not demonstrate significant heritability in the study cohort”, says the study quoted by The Gloss.

This means that you should worry that your high heels wil cause bunions on your feet. You can skip the so-called procedures that say prevent bunions from happening. WIth that being said, you should keep doing regular exercies and feet care in order to minimize and prevent other issues from arising.

Other specialists also say that high heels are not to blame for bunions. Dr. Segler is an award winning surgeon who specialises in bunion treatment. He also says that they are genetic. But he also says that high heels can aggravate bunions if not treated.

“Shoes can make bunions happen faster. They never cause bunions, they just simply make them worse”, he says. So yes, if you have bunions, you will have to seek treatment before you will be able to wear high heels comfortably. But if you don’t have bunions you can wear your heels comfortably in the knowledge that you will not get bunions from them.

Here is Dr. Segler’s full statement which is worth a watch.

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