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Is Your Summer Footwear Fashionable AND Functional?

Tired feet wedge shoesWelcome to Summer! Summertime means cute shoe season for many women, but are your strappy heels and flip flops safe? Emory Orthopedic podiatrist, Rami Calis, MD gives women tips to ensure we all are wearing the best shoes for the summer.

Dr. Calis tells our friends at Fox 5 News that wedge shoes are his favorite fashionable footwear choice for women in the summer, but he notes that women should watch the pitch of the wedge to make sure it is not too high so that the body is stable when walking.

To get more ideas on how to pick functional and fashionable shoes for the summer, watch the Fox 5 news story below:

Bunions 101: Bunion Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Bunion causes, symptoms treatment

We’ve all heard that word and usually associate it to something unpleasant. But we shouldn’t because bunions are a common deformity and not the result of improper care for your feet. Bunions may run in families, but many are from wearing tight, narrow shoes and high heels. More than 1/3 of women in America have bunions.

What are common bunion symptoms?

  • If the joint that connects your big toe to your foot has a swollen, sore bump, you may have a bunion.
  • With a bunion, the base of your big toe gets larger and sticks out.
  • Your big toe may angle toward your second toe over time, or even move all the way under it.
  • The skin over the base of your big toe may be red and tender and wearing any type of shoe may be painful.

What can you do to find relief from your bunions?

Luckily, most bunions are treatable without surgery and prevention is always the best medicine. You can take several steps to minimize your chances of developing a bunion:

  • Never force your foot into a tight shoe that doesn’t fit.
  • Choose shoes that conform to the shape of your feet.
  • Go for shoes with wide insteps, broad toes and soft soles.
  • Avoid shoes that are short, tight or sharply pointed, and those with heels higher than 2 inches.

If you already have a bunion:

  • Wear shoes that are roomy enough to not put pressure on it. This should relieve most of your pain.
  • You can also have your shoes stretched out professionally.
  • You can also try protective pads to cushion the painful area.

When to get surgery for bunions?

If your bunion has progressed to the point where you have difficulty walking, or experience pain despite accommodative shoes, you may need surgery. Bunion surgery realigns bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves so your big toe can be brought back to its correct position. Emory’s orthopaedic surgeons have several techniques to ease your pain. Recovery usually occurs over a three- to six-month period and may include persistent swelling and stiffness.

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Dr. Rami CalisAbout Rami Calis, DPM
Dr. Calis is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM). He specializes in foot and ankle injuries and conditions including arthritis, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, ulcer, wound care, custom orthotics, and foot and ankle biomechanics. Dr. Calis started practicing at Emory in 2003.