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The Best Shoes for Bunions

One of the important things in my continuous studies of human nature is that some illnesses are caused by hereditary factors. Some of these diseases are not just as popular as others. In particular, I found it interesting to learn more about bunions. Perhaps, it is one of the minor health problems that many people are not very proud to have. Of course, who would like to admit to having odd-looking feet?

Bunions are something new to most people. A bunion is a bony bump at the base joint of your big toe. It causes the big toe to become swollen, red or sore. Some people are not aware of what causes bunions until they already have it. Aside from hereditary factors, having flatfeet, foot injuries, arthritis and being engaged in activities that put much pressure on the feet may also cause this disease. However, the most common cause is constantly wearing ill-fitting or tight-fitting footwear.

When you already have bunions, wearing the best shoes for bunions can make a big difference. I researched about some important considerations when choosing shoes for bunions and they are summarized below:

Shoe Width

When buying a new pair of shoes, the shoe width is an important consideration. Be sure that the shoes you are considering to buy have enough room on the sides to allow additional room for a bunion.


Shoes that are made from canvas or mesh type materials normally allow for more stretching than other types. As you use these types of shoes, they will become more comfortable around your bunion because of the stretching.

Larger Shoe Size

Sometimes, going 1 size larger can make a big difference in terms of comfort when you have a bunion. In this case, you may have to use insoles to stop your shoe from slipping, but that additional toe space area can greatly help in giving you comfort especially when walking.

No to Pointed Shoes

For women, pointed shoes may be stylish but they are not the best shoes if you have bunions or are at risk of developing them because of hereditary factors. The very limited space around the toes forces the toes to be cramped together, putting pressure on the toe joints, aggravating bunions. Instead of pointed shoes, choose those that have a round or square toe area for more toe room.

No to High Heels

Aside from pointed shoes, high-heeled shoes are also another culprit for bunions in women. Gravity causes the feet to be pushed down, causing much pressure on the toes. If you don’t have bunions yet, it may cause a bunion to develop. If you already have one, it can aggravate the condition.

The general rule when choosing shoes for bunions is shoes that make your feet feel relaxed and comfortable. Don’t choose your shoes just for fashion but also for comfort. This is especially true for people like me who spend several hours standing. It is not yet too late to do something to avoid bunions. Shop for a comfortable pair of shoes and it will make a big difference for your toes.