If you're susceptible to bunions, you know how painful they can be. One of the most important steps in preventing or relieving bunion pain is as simple as buying a pair of well-fitting shoes. Shoes that don't fit well, in fact, are one of the leading causes of bunion formation. (The other being genetics.) Protect yourself with a simple pair of men's or women's shoes for bunions!
How to Select a Pair of Men's or Women's Bunion Shoes to Relieve and Prevent Bunion Pain
Specially designed bunion shoes prevent strain and inflammation of the big toe joint. Inflammation will soon lead to a calcified bony growth that is painful and unsightly. Several bunion care products such as bunion pads, toe separators and arch supports are also available to treat the painful condition.
Bunion pain can be both prevented and treated. The following are some tips for selection a proper footwear for bunions to keep your feet pain free and healthy.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.
- 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 footwear for bunions, visit our bunion information page.