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Best Shoes for Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It occurs when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) can develop on the joint of your little toe. Treatments include changing shoes, padding the foot and pain medications. Painful bunions can be removed surgically. Also there are some essential oils or ointments that can be used to alleviate the bunions.

 

 

There are different types of bunions such as tailor’s bunion, acute bunion and hallux valgus. Tailor’s bunion is also called a bunionette happens when the fifth metatarsal bone at the bottom of the tiny toe starts to expand outward forming a tough bony knot close to the tiny toe. This type of swelling is sometimes caused when pressure is endlessly placed on the small joint because of genetic foot abnormality or poorly fitted shoes. Footwear which are too narrow within the toe box will irritate the bunionette thus inflicting redness, swelling and pain at the location of the enlargement.

 

 

People with acute bunions widely experience sharp pains within the affected toe. Inflammation occurs when the fluid-filled sacks that cushion joints and permit movement becomes aggravated and inflamed. Continuous inflammation of the joint causes hardened skin to come close to the affected toes. High heeled shoes, pointy shoes and other types of shoes which are too tight fitting will increase the pressure on the toe joint and cause the fluid that surrounds the joints to solidify into a tough bony mass.

 

Hallux valgus is a typically chronic painless structual abnormality of the foot that involves permanent obstinacy of the bones. This type of bunion creates an irregular bulge at the affected toe joint, broadens the base of the foot, and interferes with standing and walking. People with hallux valgus are in danger of experiencing early arthritis due to the damage of bone in the foot. This kind of growth sometimes occurs due to a faulty foot structure or a bad choice of shoe fitting such as a narrow toe box which eventually causes a displacement of the toes.

 

 

      The symptoms of a bunion are:

(1) A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe.

(2) Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint.

(3) Restricted movement of your big toe if arthritis affects the
toe.

(4) Persistent or intermittent pain from your big toe.

 

 

Risk factors for getting bunions are:

(1) Wearing high heel shoes can force your toes into the front of
your shoes, often crowding your toes.

(2) People who wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow or too
pointed are more susceptible to bunions.

(3) Rheumatoid arthritis which is an inflammatory condition can
make you more susceptible to bunions.

(4) Bunions also might be caused by an inherited structural foot
defect.

 

 

The best shoes to wear in order to prevent bunions are:

The shoes should have a wide toe box. No pointy shoes, high heels or narrow toe box. The toes should not feel crowded or have restricted space within the toe box. There should be space between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. The toe box should provide extra space for the movement of the toes, especially your big or little toe from rubbing against the nearest toe or the side of the shoe which can cause bunions. Your shoes also should conform to the shape of your feet without squeezing or pressing any part of your foot. People with bunions also can use orthotics such as gelled toe spacers, bunion/toe separators, bunion regulators, bunion splints and bunion cushions. These orthotics are available over the counter at a drug store or can be custom-molded. Specific shoes which are good for people with bunions are mary jane shoes, clogs, rocker bottom shoes, stretch shoes and running shoes. Mary jones is a good choice for women because a belt rather than a lace or solid upper and plenty of toe area combines to make a perfect blend of comfort. Clogs also have a wide toe box and are known for their ability to provide comfort for long periods of usage on a relatively smooth surface. Rocker bottom shoes have thicker than normal cushioned rocker sole which takes pressure away from the front foot and toes. Stretch shoes are shoes whose uppers are assembled of a stretchy material that allows room to insert specially made insoles for bunions. Running shoes could be a perfect choice because they could provide an open and spacious toe box area for the toes to be free of friction and painful rubbing.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

A bunion is a bump attached to the big toe which is usually caused by constantly rubbing the big toe against the nearest toe. Bunions can be prevented by not wearing pointy or too narrow shoes. The best shoes for bunions are shoes with a wide toe box that enables the toes to have movement or circulation within the shoes. You don’t want your toes to be cramped or be squeezed inside the toe box.

 



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12 Comments

  1. ElianeLima

    Roger,
    I’m glad I came across your article on the best shoes for bunions.
    Bunions run in my family, my mom had hers removed surgically some years ago.
    My feet are fine, no real signs of bunions. But it’s really good to read your tips on preventing them, such as avoiding high heels and narrow toe box.
    I’m going to pay attention to these pointers when looking for new shoes.
    Thanks!

  2. Andrew Bromley

    My brother suffers from bunions and he has a real job finding shoes that fit him properly. He has naturally large feet, size 13 UK category. Your article has given me a few ideas , i will pass them on to my brother.

  3. Jessica G

    Very good article. My mother in law has large bunions! I will have to send this article to her. Maybe she can prevent them from getting worse.

  4. Laurie D

    Great information, Thanks! The image of those pointy shoes in your article, look like a Steampunk torture device, lol.

  5. John Hunt

    Roger,
    I have the start of a tailors bunion on both feet. I tend to buy shoes that are the widest in the toe area I can get to relive the pain. I will review your tips and see if they help.
    I like to spend the summer in bare feet or just sandals, how would this effect the growth of my small bunions.
    John

    • Roger

      Hi John,
      I think that wearing sandals would be okay if the sandals toe box is wide enough that the bunionettes (tailor bunions) are not rubbing against the next toe or rubbing against the side of the sandal.

      Thanks,
      Roger

  6. abaraham kidane

    hello John, thank you for these bunions tips.My elder sister is struggling with tailor’s bunions and Hallux valgus.So I will recommend her this article.This will help her to find a solution.

    Thank you

  7. Sean Mansfield

    I had no idea there so many different kinds of bunions. Well, now I do! My wife suffers from bunions on regular bases. Now I am pretty sure, it is due to her shoe choice. I going to have her read this post. That way she can get this awesome information too. Thanks!

  8. Dany@weightletics.com

    Hi John,

    Great article. My mother is suffering from the pain of bunions. She has difficulties in find a comfortable pair of shoes.
    I was not aware that are different types of bunions.
    As she likes wearing high heels, she will be sad to give up wearing them, but the benefits will probably convince her.

  9. LynetteD

    Hi John, great site! I was wondering if you have a link to the straps you have in this article. Might be a good thing to have so we can click on the link and purchase these. The straps look like they could help a lot with bunion pain.

    • Roger

      Hi Lynette,
      Thanks for the comment. Most of the images in the articles don’t have links. If you want to purchase straps for bunion pain then clink on the Amazon banner link. Then write the item in the description box. Amazon has footwear for bunions.

      All the best,
      Roger

  10. Jasmine W.

    Hello Roger,

    Thank you for the useful information about bunions. I myself suffer from bunions but had no idea that one of the causes could be by an inherited structural foot defect. Now I will be researching more of this information!

    Thanks again!

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