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Women's Health magazine conducted an interview with Levon Makinyan on the topic of foot bumps


Many women are concerned whether foot bumps are inherited and how one can avoid them. To answer this question properly, Women's Health conducted a interview for an article in its September issue with Levon Makinyan - a famous traumatologist and orthopedist, Candidate of Medicine, Associate Professor of Trauma and Orthopedics Dpt. at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Member of American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and AOTRAUMA.

Why do we develop foot bumps?

Mr. Makinyan explained that, contrary to the widespread opinion, they are not caused by high heels «...such shoes are only a «catalyst» of changes in the foot... foot splaying with all the ensuing consequences occurs because of excessive weakness of ligaments. Ligaments due to a number of reasons don’t provide sufficient support, and the bone begins to laterally deviate. So what we inherit is not «bumps», but weak ligaments», moreover, «if your mother or grandmother has flat feet, it’s «the signal» not to leave your feet without attention.»

What should one do to avoid it?

Levon Makinyan said «it is necessary to undergo examination by an orthopedist once a year, as well as wear individual orthotics or orthopedic footwear», do «special exercises to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the foot».
«One also should watch one’s weight.
And you’d better not wear shoes with heels higher than 4 cm. If you still want to wear such shoes, try to wear them no longer than two hours».

What should one do if bumps have already appeared?

Dr. Makinyan believes that «...no ointments, massage or lotions will help get rid of protruding foot bones. The most effective method is surgery. The bone is artificially broken through small holes in the skin under anesthesia and, therefore, absolutely painlessly. Then it is fixed in the correct position with special braces or screws. And after the bone has knitted, it won’t be protruding like a “bump”.

You can read the full version of the article with all the recommendations of the doctor in Women's health, September 2012, page 18.

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