My mom looked down at my feet and gasped, "Calle! Calle, what happened?"
Bunions, Mom. Bunions had happened.
"You must get that from your father," she said. This is probably true, seeing as one cause of bunions is being genetically predisposed to be prone to bunions.
My feet are wide and bulbous with bunions to round them out. I used to think my bunions were an evolutionary advancement — a trait that all humans wish they had, as well. I thought I was advancing and had grown superhuman bones in my feet and that I just needed to learn what they could do and how to harness their powers.
Then one day, your friend tells you they're called bunions. You're all, "Like Paul Bunyan? Like they're strong and larger than life and can drink entire lakes and have a blue ox as a best friend Bunyan?"
Apparently, it's not like that at all. Instead, bunions will cause issues throughout your entire bone alignment and posture and cause huge amounts of pain in your body as you grow older. My big toe not only looks like a bone has grown out the side of it, but it has become so close to the other toes that it's cramping their space like an overbearing helicopter parent.
There are 26 bones in one foot, and it's probably the body part I treat with the least amount of love. So, now I'm trying to change all of that. I plan to one day have the surgery to get my bunions removed, because they can cause serious issues to your knees and hips down the line, but until then I'm doing better by my little pedi-digits.
My friend Ellie put me in touch with ToeSox, who graciously sent me a few of their products. Granted, these "sox" are not surgery replacements, and they will not provide bunion elimination, especially if you are at the stage where you need to see a doctor who can provide more insight on your professional options.
However, ToeSox provide toe separation, which can help strengthen the muscles. My toes right now curl up together like cozy little vowels in Hawaiian street signs, so anything to throw them a bit of breathing room is worth it.
The best ToeSox product I tried was not, in fact, sox at all. They have a sandal with individual spacers between every toe, and it looks slightly intimidating. I, personally, am not a fan a flip flops, so putting on a sandal that looks like a family of flip-flops in one didn't really thrill me.
As soon as I slipped them on to give them a walk-around, though, I audibly sighed. Like the refreshing "Ahhhh.." that happens after you drink a tall, cold glass of water when you're really parched, but for your feet. It was satisfying.
I still haven't worn them outside the house, though. Inside the privacy of my home, I am loving them. A friend also pointed out that they'd be great to take when you go get pedicures. Bonus.
Ultimately, while I wait to pursue a more serious medical solution for my bunions, ToeSox have helped my feet feel better and look seriously cuter.
- Have you all tried ToeSox or their sandals?
- Do you guys have bunions?
- What do you all do to care for your feet?