New shoe design may help alleviate bunion pain
What do bunion-sufferers and jump-ropers have in common? They may both benefit from a new design of shoes called Ropix, which provides special support and cushioning in the forefoot.
Shoe designer Dennis Dwyer created the concept to suit the specific needs of individuals who jump rope, practice yoga and martial arts, and engage in other activities that put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot.
The design may also help provide relief to people with bunions. A bunion is a bony deformity that occurs at the joint of the big toe, making walking a painful and sometimes difficult endeavor for these individuals.
Extra cushioning and shock absorption in the forefoot may make a big difference, allowing people with bunions more comfortable mobility.
However, the shoe will likely do little to prevent or correct bunions. In order to do this, individuals may want to consider investing in bunion splints or orthotics, which can help to reduce the appearance of bunions without the need for painful bunion surgery.