When bunions progress and begin rubbing against the inside of shoes, causing a stiff toe joint or hindering landing mechanics, they can induce some pretty significant pain
A new study from Keele University researchers in the UK suggest that when this discomfort gets so bad that a bunion sufferer want to curse out loud, they should let go of their inhibitions because swearing may have a mild pain-relieving effect.
However, people shouldn't get carried away with this finding – especially if there are children around – because it was found that individuals who swear often throughout the day gained no pain-dulling effects from letting out a curse word.
"Our research suggests that swearing is a useful part of language that can help us express strong emotions or react to high-pressure situations. However, it would be wise only to swear in moderation as overuse of swearing seems to water down this effect," said researcher Richard Stephens.