Bunion Shoes - Prevent and Relieve Bunions and Bunion Pain

The most important step a person can take to prevent the development of bunions or to relieve bunion pain is to invest in a pair of well-fitting shoes. Bunion shoes, or shoes for bunions, are shoes that are designed to prevent strain and inflammation of the big toe joint, a condition that can eventually result in a painful bunion. Several bunion care products such as bunion pads, toe separators, and arch supports are also available to restore comfortable mobility to bunion sufferers.

How to Select a Pair of Bunion Shoes to Relieve and Prevent Bunion Pain

Here are some tips for keeping your feet healthy and pain-free by selecting the proper pair of bunion shoes.

Choosing Shoes to Prevent Bunions :

  • Never buy shoes that are smaller than your feet. Assuming that undersized shoes will stretch forces your toes into awkward positions in the meantime.
  • Many people do not have uniform feet. If one foot is slightly larger, purchase shoes that fit the larger foot. Purchase an insole to fill any space in the other shoe.
  • Your feet tend to be slightly larger in the evening than they are in the morning. Try on shoes at the end of the day, preferably after you've been up and walking.
  • Consider purchasing arch supports to ensure proper weight distribution between the arch and the ball of the foot. Dr. Hurless, our expert podiatrist recommends Powerstep Arch Support full length and Powerstep Arch Support 3/4 length for maximum effectiveness.
  • Avoid shoes with heels over two inches tall.
  • Whatever the shape of your foot, a shoe exists that has been designed specifically for your comfort. Some people's feet require more narrow shoes; others more wide shoes. Don't settle for a near-fit.
Choosing Shoes to Relieve Bunion Pain :

  • Follow our tips on preventing bunions.
  • Purchase shoes with a wide and deep toe box.
  • Avoid pointed toed shoes that will painfully constrict your feet.
  • Purchase stretchable shoes to decrease joint irritation.
  • Remeasure your feet each time you purchase a new pair of shoes. The size of a bunion can change over time.

To learn more about bunions and why bunion shoes are important, visit our bunion information page.