How many of you fellow mothers and women like wearing pointed or high-heeled shoes? I do have several pairs of these shoes which I wear on some occasions but not as everyday footwear as I don’t feel too comfortable wearing them. For those who frequently wear these types of shoes, do you know that they can cause you to develop bunions?
Many people are not aware about what bunions are and what causes bunions. A bunion is a bump or enlargement in the joint of the big toe. It can affect both men and women, but more cases are reported among women as triggered by wearing ill-fitting, pointed or high-heeled shoes which put much pressure on the toes. It could also be caused by foot deformities and other underlying foot problems such as arthritic conditions.
Treating bunions is possible thorough surgical or non-surgical treatments, but the latter is a more common option especially for less serious cases. Among the non-surgical options, wearing the best shoes for bunions makes a significant impact in managing the condition and alleviating the pain associated with them.
Many people think that wearing open footwear such as sandals is the obvious choice if you have a bunion. But there are more to bunion shoes than wearing a sandal. Besides, sandals may not be a practical choice during cold season. As a guide, you may consider the following factors in choosing bunion shoes:
- Shoe Width
When looking for a new pair of shoes, look for styles with a wider shoe width. Take time to find one that provides more room around your bunion and it can make a lot of difference when it comes to comfort. It can be difficult to find one but you surely will with much patience.
Mesh and canvass shoes are among the best choices for bunions as they normally stretch over time, allowing you more comfort. Although they may not look stylish and modern, they deserve your second look as they can offer the best fit and comfort for you.
- Shoe Size
Going one size larger may allow for more space around your bunion and reduce pressure on your toe joint. As a result, you will be able to move around comfortably and with less pain. However, wearing larger shoes may cause your feet to slip off, in such a case, wearing orthotics or insoles may help.
- Say No to Pointed Shoes
You may look smart and stylish in your pointy shoes but it is a big ‘no-no’ if you have a bunion. With little space around your toes, these shoes cause more pressure on your bunion, making it more painful when you walk or stand up for a long time. In addition to that, this kind of shoes can also make you more prone to bunions, if you don’t have any.
Aside from choosing the right shoes, other non-surgical treatment options for bunions include taking anti-inflammatory medications to relieve swelling and pain and the use of bunion pads. However, if any of these conservative treatments does not work for you, you may have to seek advice from your specialist on the next course of action to take.