Are toes the most under-appreciated body part?

Over the past few weeks, the fall weather and numerous autumnal fashion weeks in New York and London have beckoned me to stuff all of my sandals into storage and break out those closed-toe flats that have been in hiding for so long. As I was sifting through the collection of my shoe shopping conquests over the years, I started thinking about feet and how easy it is for even a bunion sufferer like myself to ignore how important my toes really are.

High heels and pointy-toed shoes have been in style for women since the Roaring '20s, so it is no surprise that irritating foot pain has largely been an issue with ladies for nearly a century now. Many women carelessly stuff their delicate joints into their favorite stilettos, not knowing the agony their feet may endure not just for a night out dancing, but for life. Because problems like a bunion, dry, cracked heels and calluses can become commonplace as a result of these so-called sexy heels, I would rather take my orthotic over a pair of Jimmy Choos any day. Still, it is easy to lose track of your foot health, especially when the mercury begins to drop.

I don't know about you guys, but ignoring my feet only gets worse when the cold weather sets in. When warm thick socks go over my Bunion Aid, my feet may as well be hibernating for the winter. This is not a good thing for a number of reasons, which is why this winter, ladies need to take the extra time to make sure they are on high alert when it comes to their feet. Some of the best ways to combat these common winter foot problems are to wear moisturizing socks at night. I like to rub my bunion with some rich moisturizer and and then lock in the lotion with aloe-infused socks to keep balls of the feet and heels from cracking once the cold snap sets in.

Oh, and beware ladies – foot soaks are not all they are cracked up to be. After an exhausting day of chasing kids and teenagers around with your achy, screaming bunion, it may seem tempting to dip your toes into a pot of warm water. However, during the winter, hot water could just make your feet even more dry and flaky. If you do decide to give yourself an at-home pedicure – and who doesn't love those? – make sure you follow up with plenty of foot lotion to assure that your toes don't become excessively dry.