18.06.2019

CAN MINIMALIST SHOES PREVENT BUNIONS?

Many doctors and podiatrists will tell you bunions, or hallux abductovalgus, to give the scientific name, are hereditary, and that the only solution is arch support, orthotic inserts and even major surgery.

What are bunions, and what do they look like? Bunions is what happens when the Big Toe is pushed towards the other toes, sometimes even over-lapping them, causing the joint at the bottom of Big Toe, hallus vexus, to start protruding outwards.

Painful - and potentially even debilitating.

But are bunions really down to genes?

If we study generation after generation of people who are pushed into narrow, pointy shoes from childhood - what exactly is it we’re inheriting? Bunions, or the footwear that causes them?

This is especially relevant for women, 7 out of 10 of whom have bunions and other foot deformities to some degree – but who are also much more likely to have been pushed into narrow, pointy shoes from childhood.

According to sports podiatrist Dr Ray McClanahan, “Shoes that progressively dislocate the big toes, over the course of a lifetime, cause bunions in nearly all cases.”

Maybe it’s time we rethink what we put on our feet.

Traditional shoes are tapered at the toes, and this is simply fashion, dating back to when boots were designed for riding horses. This design fault (or fashion) can push toes out of alignment over time.

If you compare the foot shape of people who grow up regularly barefoot the difference is clear: traditional shoes just aren’t shaped like feet, they’re shaped like shoes. Unfortunately, this means a lot of people wind up with shoe-shaped feet instead of, well, foot-shaped feet.

This is where minimalist shoes can help. Minimalist shoes are foot-shaped, not shoe-shaped. They give minimal interference in the natural growth and movement of your feet, while protecting only from climate and terrain for maximum sensory feedback. They are thin, flexible and wide so feet can move, splay and recoil as close to barefoot as possible. 

We believe the perfect shoe must be perfect for your feet: barely-there so they do no harm, letting your feet do their natural thing with a whole lot of barefoot love. (And with less chance of developing bunions).

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