Red, swollen, painful bunions can make you feel like crying with each step you take. If you’ve experienced painful bunions you know what I mean. If you haven’t had personal experience with bunion pain, consider yourself lucky and do everything you can to prevent bunions from forming.
The American Podiatric Medical Association defines a bunion as an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. Smaller bunions (bunionettes) develop on the joint of your little toes. Bunions form when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion may become red and sore.
Wearing tight, narrow shoes may cause bunions or make them worse.Bunions may also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.There is not much you can do about heredity but wearing the proper footwear can go a long way toward preventing bunions and relieving existing bunion pain.
Following are some general tips to consider when choosing shoes.
- Wear comfortable shoes with a fit that will ease pressure over the bunion area. Also a bunion cushion around the area will help protect the bunion and ease pain.
- Wear good shoes with the proper fit for your foot: shoes with plenty of room in the toes, and shoes that fit your heel and arch well. They should feel comfortable when you first put them on and when you walk in them. Shoes with a rocker sole may help eliminate pressure in the bunion area.
- Avoid wearing high heels. They are not good for your feet and they force the toes to be pushed together in the front of the shoe, causing pressure and deformity of the toes.
Come in and give yourself plenty of time for trying on several different styles. We will recommend some shoes that may work for you. We’ll take the time to measure your foot and provide the service to ensure the best possible fit. We offer many quality brands of comfortable, fashionable styles to choose. There are several Dansko shoes in the Stapled and Sausalito collections recommended that may work well for you and carry the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. As with any persistent pain, it is best to seek medical care.