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3 Common Foot Myths Debunked

3 Common Foot Myths Debunked:


#1: Toenails Should Always Be Cut Straight Across

This actually is the most common myth we hear. Not all toenails grow straight across. So, if you have a toenail shaped more like a rainbow, leaving the sides of the toenail long will be very irritating to the skin. This actually causes an ingrown toenail, instead of preventing it. Our advice is to just cut the nail how it grows, leaving about 1-2mm of white and being careful not to cut into the cuticle. If your ingrown nails are giving you trouble, we can help!


#2 Bunions Are Caused By Wearing High Heels

High heels, pointed-toe shoes, or narrow shoes don’t cause bunions, but they may make the symptoms more noticeable. The condition can run in families and is a symptom of faulty foot mechanics. Bunions occur due to an imbalance of forces across the big toe joint. It is the foot type that is hereditary, not necessarily the bunion. If your bunions are giving you trouble, we can discuss what options might be right for you!


#3 Heel Spurs Are The Cause Of Heel Pain

Spurs on the bottom of the heel are not the cause of heel pain but a symptom of plantar fasciitis. As the plantar fascia pulls on the bottom of the heel, this causes a spur to form due to traction. It is the chronic, inflamed plantar fascia attachment that is the source of the pain and what we focus on treating. If you have heel pain, don’t wait too long before seeing professional help! The longer you wait, the longer it takes to improve.

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