I've spent the last year or two trying to find a natural way to correct a mild bunion on my right foot. It doesn't normally hurt unless I do a lot of walking or running, but even this pain can be bothersome. However, I'm more concerned about the fact that it upsets my balance when practising martial arts and looks ugly. Whenever I search the Internet for ways to correct a bunion that doesn't involve surgery, I almost always stumble across websites that discourage the use of shoes and promote a barefoot lifestyle. Strangely enough, I seem to have a natural inclination to want to walk around barefoot. However, this also creates an interesting problem for me.
I'm sure you would all agree with me that a person who walks barefoot most of the time has stronger bones and muscles in their feet than a person who normally wears shoes. So is it easier to correct a bunion when a person's feet are weak or when they are strong? Would walking barefoot, or in minimalist footwear, make it harder for me to realign the bones in my right foot. Or would the natural movement help to correct the deformity? Do bunions slowly disappear after many years of barefoot walking? Or do they remain just as hideous as they were to begin with? Sorry for playing the devil's advocate, but do you think it's possible that some sturdier types of footwear could be used to correct a bunion? The ones I'm thinking of are listed below:
1. Yoga Sandals (www.yogasandals.com
2. Shoes worn with Correct Toes spacers (transcendbodywork.com/Store.html
3. Shoes containing the Barefoot Science Arch Activation Foot Strengthening System (www.barefootscience.com/us/index.php
Do you think it would help if I wore some of these sturdier types of footwear to correct the bunion while my feet are weak, and then to start using minimalist footwear when I've gotten rid of the bunion. Of course, the only problem is that these types of footwear might not correct the bunion at all. But are they worth a shot? I'm worried that if I start wearing minimalist footwear right now, I'll jeopardise my chances of correcting the bunion in the future. What do you think?
Finally, I'd just like to ask whether you think that wearing Vibram Five Fingers would be more likely to realign the bones in my foot than going completely barefoot. Have any of you found that VFF's help to straighten out the toes? I'm also worried that if I start to wear VFF's before correcting the bunion, I'll wear a hole in the pocket of the big toe because it turns inwards. Have any of you worn a hole in one of the pockets of your VFF's because your toes were crooked? Do you think the material is strong enough to withstand constant pressure in a place it's not supposed to be applied to?
Thanks in advance for your help and guidance.
Barefoot Down Under.