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Originally Posted by DWFII View Post
When the foot is held in an unnatural position--too long or too short...and stretching the bones of the foot out of position; too tight or too narrow...forcing natural arches into hyper flexed or compressed configurations...the body tends to regard this distortion as an insult. Joints that are held open by hyperextension send a signal to the body that there is no "connectivity" between the bones of a joint and, in response, calcium is deposited in the gap. This is what causes bunions--the calcium build up.

Arches...such as the metatarsal arch...that are compressed (by too narrow or too tight shoes) will "fall"--the high points of the arch eventually grounding. This causes hammer toes and sometimes severe pain under the ball of the foot not to mention neuromas which result from ganglia being strangled between metatarsal heads.

These kinds of processes take place over a relatively long period of time. Years. But once established they do not naturally get better (quite the reverse--slowly deteriorating) and they are often irreversible short of surgery.

Yes, we can fit the foot into too short, too long, too narrow, too tight, shoes...for a short period of time without noticing any ill effects. We can fit our feet into little wooden boxes, too. When we are young our feet seem...seem...to be able to accommodate themselves to a multitude of different environments. But the foot is one of the most architecturally complex structures in nature. It
has a natural structure to it that is surely unwise to ignore. Like a bridge...how many cables do you want to cut, how many girders do you want to buckle?

I might add that despite rumours to the contrary, children are almost universally born without bunions or major structural foot problems. As hard as it may be to believe, I suspect that 98% of foot problems in children are indeed due to ill fitting shoes. If you keep a child in shoes that are too big for his feet...or too short...there will be consequences. Some cultures have taken this to an extreme and the results should be illustrative. On the other hand, children in indigenous cultures who seldom or never wear shoes, virtually never have foot problems.

Good post. To add, the arch develops during childhood. It might be permanently stunted if shoes are too short during much of that period - but you're probably more qualified to comment.
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