Bunions are more common in women and are caused by a number of reasons, including wearing shoes that are too tight, years of abnormal motion, poor foot mechanics, bone deformities, flat feet and arthritis. However, common to both feet conditions are our body weight. Obese people are more prone and it’s generally reported that being overweight is an aggravating factor. According to the Mayo Clinic, neuromas are benign growths of nerve tissue that may arise in various parts of the body. Morton's neuroma develops in the foot, usually between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, and causes a thickening of the nerve tissue that innervates the toes. Leonardo Da Vinci said the human foot is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering. It's one of my favorite quotes. Even so, things go wrong with our feet. Normal wear-and-tear is partly to blame. But the shoes we wear, the way we walk - they pus extra strain on certain parts of the foot. And that extra strain can inflame tissues and move bones out of alignment. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that attaches to the heelbone on one end to the toes on the other. It helps form the arch of the foot and with pushing off as you walk. I had been joking with Erin that since we’d tried almost every other type of shoe out there, I was going to get her a pair of Hokas She thinks they look ridiculous and makes fun of mine all the time (I’ve only run in them once myself). But, one day my friend Nate came by and told her that he’d heard of people who have had success dealing with neuromas by running in the Hokas. As is typical, advice from non-husband is more likely to be heeded than advice from husband, and she told me to go ahead and buy her a pair. Diabetic neuropathy. Sensory diabetic neuropathy refers to nerve damage that causes a loss of feeling in the legs and/or feet. Diabetics who have lost sensation may not feel pain, hot, or cold. They may not feel even small cuts or sores, which can lead to the injuries going ignored and becoming infected. Another effect of this condition is the foot possibly not functioning properly because of damage to the nerves that help the muscles work. The shoes should not sport heels. Slight heels are ideal for an occasion, however, buying shoes that have high heels should be discouraged. Features of Custom-made Corrective Shoes Just because you were a size 6 a decade ago doesn't mean you still are. Foot sizes tend to fluctuate through the years, and oftentimes through the day, as well. Don't believe in the myth of breaking the shoe in," advised Dr. Royer. "If the shoe doesn't feel good in the store, no matter how good it looks, you need to get a different shoe." Be measured. Buy shoes that are the proper width and length. You want at least one thumb width at the end of the shoes when standing between the tip of the big toe and the shoe.