If you have ever had experienced bunions, you know how painful they can be. After all, you can't expect the unusual enlargement of a joint at the bottom of the big toe to feel like a walk in the park. Inflammation is the cause of the condition and typically pressure and pain from footwear that fits poorly is a result of the condition. While people often attribute the footwear itself as the cause of the pain and the need for bunion splints, many experts believe that one's genes are actually the cause of the condition. That said, I also understand women's love of high heels. I'm not one of those Bohemian girls, religiously loyal to hemp outfits and gladiator sandals. Neither am I a so-called feminist who's quick to assume all high-heel wearers must either be attention-craving skanks or weak-minded victims of a male-dominant society trying desperately to fit into their feminine role. Real feminists don't judge their fellow females simply by their styles of fashion. If you genuinely adore high heels, there's no need to throw them away. Feel free to flaunt them when it's appropriate. Don't let RuPaul have all the fun. Wear those pumps and stilettos judiciously. Hallux valgus is the medical term for a bunion, which is a condition that causes the big toe to turn inward toward the pinky toe. Once the condition progresses, a bump (bunion) develops on the metatarsal bone, or inside of the foot around the big tone joint. The main cause of hallux valgus is shoes that do not fit correctly. According to the National Library of Medicine, 48 percent of the population suffers from the condition. Bunion surgery recovery is dependent on how well you take care of your operated foot and how well you follow doctor's orders. Here is some more detailed information on the recovery. Flat feet tend to differ by age. For children, flat feet are very common and rarely abnormal. Many children under six years years old seem to have flat feet because fat tissue fills the foot bridge. Fallen arches in children are asymptomatic and do not usually require treatment. Orthopedic shoes, physical therapy and templates have little effect on young children, however adolescents and older children with painful flat feet should consider orthopedic treatment. If that was not enough they will tone your bum up to 30% more, your thighs a further 16% and give your calves 11% more sculpting. One things for sure, they will increase your style by 100%. Developed by Ida Rolf (a Ph.D. who studied Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Atomic Physics), the SI Rolf Method is a step-by-step process, grounded in science and designed to treat the immediate pain while correcting the internal structure that caused the pain. When treating pain in your big toe, for example, I would start by asking you what other injuries you have suffered in the last six months-to-a-year. Then I would examine the toe and foot with my eyes and with touch. Working upward, I would identify any associated problems with your knees and hips. And finally I would test the alignment of your pelvis and back. There are many different types of surgeries to correct bunions, depending on the nature and severity of the problem. The most frequent procedure to correct the angular deformity is an osteotomy, or a bone cut at either the front, middle or back portion of the first metatarsal bone. The more severe the bunion the farther from the joint the cut is made. The most serious bunions are treated with a joint-fusion surgical procedure known as a lapidus bunionectomy, in which the first metatarsal and the next bone back, a cuneiform, are fused together. In the process, the patient loses use of a joint that isn't considered essential. When the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it is time to discuss surgical options with your podiatric surgeon. Together you can decide if surgery is best for you. Recent advances in surgical techniques have led to a very high success rate in treating bunions. More aggressive procedures are used when the joint cannot be preserved. These may involve fusing the joint, or removing part or all of the joint and, in some cases, replacing it with an implant, such as is done for the hip or knee. These procedures eliminate painful motion in the joint and provide a stable foot.