At their best, bunions are annoying. At their worst bunions cause serious foot deformity and require surgery to correct the malformation.
There are several steps you can take alleviate and lessen the severity of discomfort that is caused by your bunions. These steps include the use of NSAIDS, bunion pads, splints, toe separator but most importantly, getting the best type of shoes for bunions.
What to Consider with Bunion Shoes
Finding the best shoes that will suit not only your lifestyle of your sense of style can be difficult when you are dealing with bunion pain. By following the these simple guidelines, you are arming yourself with the knowledge to shop anywhere to find shoes that are appropriate for your bunions.
Toe Box of the Shoe
The toe box refers the area of the shoe where your first metatarsal and toes fit inside the shoe. For bunion sufferers, you have three major concerns when looking at the toe box of shoes to address your bunion pain.
- The width of the toe box should be sufficient to keep your entire forefoot over top the sole of the shoe.
- The fabric that directly contacts the bony protrusion of the bunion should be a soft, flexible fabric. Try to avoid leather and leather straps in this area.
- The overall shape of the tox box is especially important. Look for a squared toe box that will not force your big toe in toward your second toe. Avoid point-toe shoes for your bunion relief.
Arch Support and Stability
The perfect shoe to help alleviate your bunion pain will be stable and be very supportive for your arch shape. This means that while you are standing in the shoe, you feel the pressure of the arch supporting your foot. This support is preventing an overpronation while you walk, which a major concern for people that struggle with bunions.
Some great and very supportive shoes are built for the easy use of an orthotic either over the counter or custom fabricated. These shoes will have a very stable platform, meaning they are rigid through mid-foot region. This also helps to prevent overpronation but also gives the perfect platform for inserts for sunions.
With your newly acquired knowledge of shoe characteristics and how they can impact your symptoms of bunions, you are ready to make intelligent shoe buying decisions specific for your bunion condition.