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Common Foot Problems Caused by Tight Shoes

Most of the parents make this mistake of buying their children tightly fitted shoes because they think this will help in limiting the size of their feet. Well, now is the time for people to realize that wearing tight shoes and making your children wear tight fitting shoes can lead to several foot problems and this isn’t the right thing to do. In fact, tight shoes are the ones to blame for increasing the severity of the issues like hammertoes, bunions and neuromas etc.

We are pretty sure of the fact that most of you don’t even know what these terms are but don’t worry because today we are here to cover it all for you. A lot of people in the world suffer from unnecessary foot pain and they don’t even know why it is happening to them. The point is that people need to realize that other than keeping their feet clean and dry, there is a lot more to do to prevent any sort of foot pain.

Wearing the proper shoe size is extremely important, and now we are going to tell you about the different issues that can occur when you wear extremely tight shoes.

1. Bunions

A bunion, also known as Hallux Valgus is basically a bony deformity in which your big toe begins to deviate towards your second toe. The exact cause of bunion deformities is unknown but in some patients, it can have a genetic component to it. Patients often state that bunion deformities run in the family, etc. In other cases, the cause can be more iatrogenic – i.e. wearing pointy and tight shoes that can make this problem so severe that it can lead to unbearable foot pain. In those cases, surgery may be the only option in order to correct these foot deformities. Wearing shoes that have a wider toe area can help you slow down the progression of the bunion deformity but wearing tight shoes can make this condition worse than you can even imagine.

2. Hammer Toes

No one would like the idea of having deformed toes, right? Well, if yes then you need to change your shoes and buy the comfortable ones or else you will also suffer from hammer toes. A hammer toe is basically a deformity which ends up curling your toe, especially in the proximal and middle toe joint. These can be caused by underlying biomechanical abnormalities as well as wearing tight shoes. You can treat this issue through surgery or by buying wider shoes that give room to your toes to relax. Hammer toes can be especially painful due to the skin irritation and corn formation that can occur either on the top of the toe or on the bottom of it.

“While bunions and hammertoes can be quite bothersome and unsightly to look at, it is very important to understand why they occur what can be done to address the underlying cause”, says Dr. Velimir Petkov – podiatrist and Medical Director at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ. “In certain cases, if caught early, wearing custom-molded orthotics can correct the biomechanical abnormalities that are causing the bunion or hammertoe deformities. In other more advanced cases, surgery may be the only way to correct the deformity.”

  1. Corns

Natural cushioning can help in protecting your feet from corns, but sometimes when you wear tight shoes, corns can develop in between your toes as well due to too much friction. To treat this issue, you can apply padded foam on the corns to avoid putting too much pressure on them, and apparently, you’ll have to wear comfortable shoes that prevent the friction between the toes. Often times, you will need to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can shave the painful corns and provide you with some relief.

4. Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are the result of two things. First, when you cut your toenails beyond a certain limit that your sensitive toe skin is exposed, and then when on top of it, you wear tight shoes, there isn’t enough room for the nail to grow out again which is why it starts growing inside your skin. Now, all of this can ultimately lead to a lot of pain, inflammation and possibly even a bacterial infection. In such situations, the wise thing to do is to head to your podiatrist as soon as possible and get the toenail fixed as soon as possible.

These are some of the foot problems that can be caused by wearing tight shoes. So, if you really don’t want to feel any kind of foot pain then make sure to wear shoes that properly fit you. If you are unsure about the exact shoe size that you should be wearing, the rule of thumb is to go shoe-shopping in the afternoon when your feet are usually a bit more swollen than in the morning. That way, if you can fit comfortably in a pair of shoes, you will ensure that the shoes will be comfortable throughout the whole day and not only in the morning.

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