Choosing The Right Shoes for Bunions

According to statistics, about 4.4 million Americans suffer from bunions in a given year. Now that’s a high incidence for a foot condition. But in most cases, bunions rarely cause any problems, except for a visible bump on the big toe. But for patients who have symptomatic bunions, this condition can become quite serious and can cause severe debilitating pain.

One common cause of bunion pain is wearing ill-fitting shoes.  Constantly wearing tight shoes, especially pointy high heels can put your feet into awkward positions which could eventually weaken  the supporting structures of the feet leading to the formation and advancement of a bunion. Also, tight fitting shoes can rub against the bunion causing irritation and swelling.

An important step to slow down or even prevent the development of bunions and its associated bunion pain is to use a pair of well fitting shoes. Wearing the suitable, comfortable shoes can prevent irritation and strain on the bunion.  Below are some guidelines for choosing shoes that are best for bunions:

1.      When buying a new pair of shoes, make sure to allow around half an inch of allowance at the front and back of the shoe.

2.       It is best to fit shoes while standing. This will allow the foot to support your weight, spreading your feet. 

3.       A good time to purchase shoes is during the end of the day. The feet are slightly larger in the evening than in the morning.

4.       Select a shoe with wide toe box. This is the area within the shoe where your toes are located. A spacious toe box provides more room between your toes, hence, decreases the chances of irritation to your bunion.

5.       In some cases, one foot tends to be larger than the other. In this case, go for the larger-sized foot, then purchase an insert to compensate for the smaller foot.

6.       Avoid patent leather shoes or any shoe that does not stretch, these shoes are terrible for bunions.

7.       It is important to re-measure your feet every time you purchase new shoes. A bunion is a progressive condition, and size of a bunion can change over time.

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