The Right Shoes for Bunions


Does it feel like your bunions are getting worse?

Are you finding a hard time fitting into shoes that don’t give you pain?

Living with bunions can cause you a lot of distress. They can become so deformed that you don’t even want to look at them anymore. Then, you can’t even properly fit your feet into the new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. What’s a person to do?

Let’s focus on relieving your bunion woes by setting some guidelines for the shoes you wear.

Here’s what to avoid:

●       Pointy, narrow, or tight shoes – Shoes with one or more of these features have been shown to worsen the bunion deformity. The excessive pressure on the big toe joint from the sides of these types of shoes can further aggravate the problem. The joint can further push out the bony spur, therefore pushing your big toe toward the other toes and deforming them as well.

●       High-heeled shoes – Shoes with more than 2 inches in height puts extraneous force on the front of the feet. In response, the bunion’s bony spur can become bigger.

●       Flat shoes with no arch support – Ballet flats, sandals, and flip-flops can all be guilty of causing your bunions to get worse. While some of these less-restrictive shoes don’t cause direct pressure on the bunion, it forces the feet to work harder to stabilize as you walk. As the tendons and ligaments strain, the big toe joint can enlarge in order to compensate. 

What to Look For:

●       Shoes with wide sizes – This will give your bunions room in the toebox. You can use bunion pads to protect them from pressure from your footwear.

●       Shoes with stretchable fabric – This will allow the shoe to stretch and bend with you’re the bony spur of your bunion and reduce external pressure and irritation.

●       Shoes that are rounded, instead of pointed – Since the pointed shape causes the toes to further crowd together, find shoes that allow your toes to rest the same way they do when you are not wearing shoes. Your toes should not be cramped or overlapping.

For some, the answer might even be custom-made orthotics. Some folks can leave bunions untreated for so long that they become very disfigured and can no longer fit in widely-distributed shoes. In this case, one of our podiatrists can help fit some custom shoes to best support your feet or talk further about more aggressive treatments. But first, schedule an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our team of foot doctors will perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your feet and keep them pain-free!