Bunions are formed when the tissue or bone at the outside joint of the big toe moves out of place. The toe is then forced to bend towards the others which causes a very painful bump on the outside of the foot on that joint. That toe area carries a lot of body weight right on that area, so it can become very painful to walk, and the mobility of the person can become very seriously affected.
The joint itself can become very sore and painful and sore, which sometimes can make the normal wearing of shoes impossible. Sometimes bunions can run in families, but most of the time it is caused because of poor foot mechanics, or even injuries. Most of the time it can take special footwear for the person to be able to wear shoes and walk normally.
Bunion shoes, or shoes that can relieve the pain of bunions can be very helpful in mitigating the pain of bunions and enabling some form of normal walking motion. There are also bunion care products such as bunion pads, toe separators, and arch supports that can be helpful.
If you have bunions, the selection of the right shoes can be very helpful in reducing pain and discomfort from bunions. You should never purchase shoes that are too small, or smaller than your feet. Some people assume that a smaller shoe size will stretch, but that is not always the case, and it forces the toes into tight and awkward positions, which is not good for bunions.
Most peoples feet are not exactly the same size, so shoes should be purchased to fit the largest sized foot. If there is too much space left in the smaller shoe, an insole can be purchased to fill in that space. New shoes should be tried on at the end of the day, as our feet tend to be larger nearer days end.
Arch supports can distribute the weight more evenly between each foot. This will help to take some of the weight off of a bunion, and let the rest of the foot take up the slack. Women should avoid heels that are more than two inches tall.
Buy shoes that actually fit your feet, dont buy them if they nearly fit. If you require a wider shoe, it is best to err on that side of the equation, rather that to get them too narrow, and squeeze the bunion area. Get shoes with a wide and deep toe box to give more room for the bunion, and avoid shoes that are pointed at the toe. Avoid shoes that have straps on the top of the foot, as they can pull and tug on the bunion area, making the fit very uncomfortable.
If you can purchase shoes that are stretchable, it will help give the bunion area more room, yet support the weight evenly as well. You should have you shoe measurements done each time that you buy new shoes, as your bunion may have grown since the last time you bought shoes.