Are Bunions Hereditary?

There is an ongoing debate about whether or not shoes cause bunions or if they are hereditary. There is no “bunion gene” in the human genome, however, there is a hereditary predisposition. Bunions often develop from hypermobility which is a condition in which the ligaments are loose and thus do not hold the metatarsal in place. Another theory is that a tight Achilles tendon can lead to bunions. Stretchy... Read More

High Heeled Shoes: History of the Trend, Risks...

Why do women wear high heeled shoes?  According to Smith and Helms, the tendency to wear high heels is motivated by a general psychological mechanism that drives women to engage in cultural practices that make them desirable to men (1).  High heeled shoes make women seemingly more appealing to men by shortening the calf, shortening the stride, lengthening the leg, toning the legs and making the foot appear... Read More

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