Bunions. Not a very pretty word, is it? Ask anyone who has ever had one, and they're sure to tell you that a bunion is as ugly (and twice as painful) as it sounds.

Bunions are a common and avoidable foot condition that primarily affects people who wear ill-fitting women's shoes. Feet that spend a lot of time in tight, pointy-toed high heels are especially prone to the potentially crippling condition. Let's talk about how to avoid ugly painful bunions.

Wear shoes that fit

Yes, it's as easy as that. Know your proper shoe size and never try to squeeze your tootsies into too-tight shoes.

If you have to make a choice, choose comfort over style

Stay away from shoes with narrow, pointed toes. Opt for rounded or squared toe boxes to give your toes plenty of room to spread out. Cramped quarters are the commonest cause of bunions.

Keep it on the down low

No matter how much you love them, eschew sky-high heels. Choose flats or very slight heels instead. Sorry, but towering heels are another common cause of nasty bunions.

Walk this way

Observe your stride. If your feet tend to roll inward when you walk, consider putting arch supports in your shoes or speak to a podiatrist about orthotic inserts.

If you think these rules will make it impossible to wear fashionable shoes, don't worry. Lonia stocks and sells an amazing assortment of comfortable footwear in styles and sizes that look as good as they feel. Strut your way through winter and beyond in a gorgeous pair of Hannah Over-the-Knee boots. These sexy and stylish Italian-made black leather boots feature a roomy rounded toe and slight heel, and they won't give you bunions.

The best way to avoid bunions is to always wear shoes that fit well. That said, it's a very good thing that you found us. Lonia offers an extensive catalog of luxury shoes in women's sizes 10 to 15. If you've ever tried to find those sizes in a typical upscale department store, you know what a fruitless quest that can be. If you need help selecting your size or have any questions about Lonia shoes, contact us without delay.