Bunions can make it very difficult to find comfortable footwear. We here at Wide Shoes are here to help you get the best wide fit shoes with the features you need to enjoy walking pain-free and without irritating your bunions. We have over 40 years of experience in helping customers with bunions find the right footwear. We are always happy to help so if you want personalised advice then why not give us a call or visit our wide fitting shoe shop in North London?What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint where your big toe meets your foot called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. It happens slowly over time, and eventually gets bigger and sticks out. It can make your big toe turn in, sometimes so far that it moves on top of the toe next to it.
Since this joint is responsible for carrying a lot of your weight when you walk, bunions have the potential to be very painful if they are not properly treated. The joint at your big toe may become stiff and sore, which can make wearing shoes difficult.
Unfortunately, bunions cannot be cured without surgery, however, buying the correct footwear can reduce pain when walking and stop the condition deteriorating in many cases.Shoes For Bunions
If you suffer from bunions and bunion pain, you should ensure you purchase shoes with plenty of room around the toe area to stop them crowding or overlapping. Go for styles with a rounded toe area rather than a pointed front.
You should also stick to heels lower than 2 inches to avoid putting pressure on the front of your foot.
Shoes with soft leather uppers are also something to look out for. Softer leathers will accommodate the bunion and reduce pressure and friction on it. This will help reduce pain when walking.
Ensure the style you are looking at has good insoles and cushioning. The weight of your body is concentrated on the pad below the big toe and shoes with good cushioning will help spread the load and stop the bunion being aggravated when you walk.
So, to summarize we suggest you look out for the following shoe features if you suffer from bunions:
- A rounded toe shape
- Heels less than 2 inches
- Soft leather uppers
- Good quality insoles and cushioning.
if you have a bunion we recommend that you buy a wide width (4E fitting for moderate bunions, 6E for serious bunions).