Athletes – especially those with foot conditions like bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches – know that a quality pair of supportive sneakers is important to keeping foot pain at bay.
Researchers at the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) in the UK discovered that women who find good deals on shoes don’t always think logically about the fit and practicality of the footwear in question.
Moms and dads who have bunions or hammer toe may stand a good chance of having kids who develop the same bony foot deformities later in life.
While wearing high heels and tight shoes may squeeze the foot into such a position that bunions eventually develop, the ill-fitted footwear is merely a catalyst for an underlying problem.
A team of scientists at La Trobe University in Australia recently conducted a study which revealed that people with a high body mass index (BMI) are more likely than their normal weight counterparts to experience plantar heel pain.
Athletes and dancers are probably aware that the repetitive and sometimes intense movement required to perform optimally can often lead to foot pain, bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently conducted a survey of 1,000 teenagers and discovered that about six in 10 experience foot pain so severe that it occasionally impacts their ability to carry out daily activities.