The biggest problem with the “genes argument" — for any health issue — is that it knocks personal responsibility out of the picture. Sure, genetics might play a small role in bunion development. For example, those who walk with more weight on the inside of their foot (overpronation) are at a higher risk. But it's hardly their fate to get a bunion. Whenever there is prolonged pressure on the toes, they have to compensate somehow. If left ignored… well, let's dig deeper.
There are some who say shoes rarely cause bunions. That just can’t be. If both men and women can develop bunions, then why do women develop them so much more frequently? Hmm? Here’s what a Dr. Hartley Miltchin says on the issue: "We're meant to walk on flat feet [bare] so that our body weight is distributed equally between the ball and the heel of the foot. When we wear heels, 90 percent of the weight is on the big toe joint."
90% of our weight. Forced onto the big toe joint.
It’s a very simple process. The big toe is forced inwards (yes, by shoes), towards the other toes, and sometimes overlaps them (yikes!). With the increased pressure from, say, high heels or ill-fitting work boots, the tissues surrounding the big toe joint become inflamed and warped. And voila. You’re looking at a painful (and unsightly) swollen nodule. A bunion.
A bunionette — or Tailor's Bunion — is just like a big toe bunion, but it develops near your little toe instead. Some even call it a 6th toe (how fun!). Tailors used to get this particular toe deformity because they sat cross-legged most of the day with the outside of their foot rubbing on the ground. This produces an intense tissue buildup on the bottom and side of the pinky toe joint.
Bunionettes are directly linked to wearing shoes that are too narrow. Our feet expand as we get older; causing the metatarsal joint on the fifth toe to be increasingly pressed against the inside of the shoe. Our joints, when exposed to too much pressure, try to create protection in the forms of calluses, corns and other nodules of tissue. This "protective covering" often comes with irritation and pain.
For the "genes argument" folk out there: over-pronation (tendency to put pressure on the inside of the foot while walking) leads to bunions, while the opposite, under-pronation (pressure on the outside edge of the foot) is the major culprit for bunionettes. Shoes exacerbate this pressure, leading to bunions, bunionettes and overlapping toes.
One study by Dr. Shulman, a podiatrist, looked at barefoot groups in India and China. Those studied either wore sandals with no arch support or went barefoot. Generally, they labored and played with nothing on their feet most of their lives. His results were surprising (not for us, of course): many of those surveyed, who had never worn Western-style shoes, had very few foot defects. Additionally, their ranges of foot motion were remarkably great.
This is a study many health professionals point to as strong evidence that barefoot is best. We’re not suggesting that you go barefoot all the time, even though that would be really nice. But, the study does show we need to take a much closer look at how we treat our feet in the West.
You can’t look at foot and toe problems in isolation. Only by taking a holistic view does bunionette and bunion prevention come into focus; conventional understanding is just... inadequate. There's no such thing as a foot in perfect health save for a big honkin' bunion. That bunion is a symptom of prolonged abuse. It would only be a short time before other foot and toe deformities sprung up.
Bunions get the most “spotlight”. But, hammer toes, claw toes, Plantar Fasciitis, Deep Vein Thrombosis and flat feet are just as painful and debilitating. Mobility and independence are incredibly vital to everyone's happiness. That's why it makes perfect sense to keep your feet as healthy as possible, just as you do with your teeth or eyesight.
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The therapeutic effect of YogaToes® has been noted by both everyday people and medical researchers. Just recently, YogaToes® were used in a neurological study by a Henry Ford Hospital doctor. Participants in her study, who were patients with movement disorders, found great benefit from wearing YogaToes® over a period of three months.
There are literally hundreds of reviews by people who love YogaToes. People who got incredible results from using them daily. Injuries undone. Vanished bunions. Foot pain reduced dramatically. We’re not making this stuff up!
25% of the body’s bones are located in the feet. Why? They’re propping up your entire body! And with incredible finesse, we might add. Feet are continually making adjustments and must spread out the pressure to all joints.
So, you ask, are YogaToes® for me? You’re darn right they are. Until we live in a stress-free, barefoot society, they’ll always be a good decision. YogaToes® come with a 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee. What’s more? Bunion prevention is included with each and every pair.