Those wishing to avoid bunion surgery often search for the best product to get rid of the boney prominence at the base of the big toe. Because a bunion is a structural malalignment problem at the big toe joint, a majority of products are aimed at alleviating the symptoms.
In my practice many of my female patients are professionals and want to look good. Expensive shoes do not guarantee comfort because often times it is how the shoes are designed that can trigger potential foot problems.
I have tried acupuncture, over the counter orthotics to support my arch, and heel wedges from CVS to create lift in my sneaker. I have tried to increase blood flow to my heel to ease the constant ache -- massaging my foot shamelessly on airplanes and in restaurants.
Style dictates shoe wear while comfort is mostly an afterthought. The most common problems women complain about when they are walking in open-toed shoes are toenail problems, arch cramps and pain in the ball of their feet.