It is almost sadly ironic that women bear the brunt of a lot of foot problems out there. Not only do we bear children and pound the pavement while trying to break our industry's glass ceiling, we are inhibited from wearing the shoes we love because of annoying bunions!
Ladies, I have lived with this my whole life … and trust me, things are hard out there for us ladies – especially when it comes to feet. Yes, even our poor toes have to undergo more torment than our male counterparts. This is why my orthotic and a bottle of pain reliever are mainstays in my bathroom closet – and should be part of yours if you are currently suffering from a stubborn, painful bony bump:
• The odds are against you, gals. Most women will develop bunions at some point or another. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 55 percent of women will develop a bunion over the course of their lifetime. Another startling statistic? A whopping 88 percent of women wear shoes that are too small for them! Take it from me – it is worth it to get your feet properly sized – the bunions you might get are definitely not worth it, ladies!
• I hate to be the one to break it to you, friends: But those 5-inch Louboutins have got to go if you are suffering from a bunion. As much as I hate to admit it – most high-end fashion designs don't think about comfort or arch support. Tight, narrow heels can be to blame for your issues, but according to a blog post from Steve Rosenberg on the Huffington Post, acute slopes in shoes can even cause muscle spasms – who wants that?
• It doesn't get any better if you have a bun in the oven, either. In fact, Rosenberg claims that women's feet change dramatically during pregnancy because of a hormone called relaxin. This is good because it allows your foot ligaments to stretch and provide extra support for weight gain, but unfortunately – your flat feet might get bunions, and might never be the same again (but it's all worth it for that bundle of joy, right?)
Women everywhere – take care of your feet as much as your hair, skin or nails. Prevention is key when it comes to bunions, and I don't want your pretty little feet to become a painful statistic!