You can slow or halt the progression of a bunion by wearing footwear that supports the foot evenly. “Avoiding high heels and tight, narrow shoes – except for special occasions – and choosing supportive flats for walking or standing during extended periods can help,” says Hartley Miltchin DPM, a Toronto-based doctor of podiatric medicine. “So can having prescription orthotics made, which are tailored to your foot.
|Dr. Hartley Miltchin
“That’s because these strategies can eliminate the over-pronation of the foot, which leads to bunion development. We walk with our feet over-rolling towards the arch and big toe area, and the bones of the foot shift out of alignment to compensate for that imbalance. In order to prevent or eliminate bunion progression, we have to re-align that bone shift, caused by the inherent mechanical imbalance (over-pronation), says Dr. Miltchin.”
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