You have bunions or other toe problems, and it’s time for new shoes. You already know that what you wear on your feet makes a big difference in your comfort level. You realize the importance of buying the right footwear, but which criteria should shoes fit in order to be a good choice for bunions and other toe problems?
Roomy Toe Box
The toe box of a shoe is the forward tip of the upper in a shoe, which provides space and protection for the toes. When shopping for shoes, look for a shoe with a roomy toe box. The toe box should be long enough and wide enough for your foot, allowing adequate room for toes. This is always important, but especially imperative for those with bunions. Because the bump protrudes beyond the normal profile of the foot, shoes often fit too snugly against the bunion, causing friction and pain. By allowing enough room in the toe box, you avoid the unnecessary discomfort caused by shoes that are too tight in the toes. A roomy toe box also allows space for foot supports or insoles to be inserted, giving a custom fit that is also important for those with toe problems.
A shoe with a stretchable upper is a great choice for people with bunions or other toe problems. The upper is designed to offer additional space for the toes, without being bulky or clunky. Because the fabric upper “gives” as you walk, your foot is gently hugged without being constricted. This type of shoe comfortably provides protection and support you’re looking for, without the discomfort and friction usually found in traditional shoes.
No Heel, or Low Heel
Whether you’re suffering from hammertoes, overlapping toes, crooked toes or bunions, your best bet is to find a shoe that has no heel. When you elevate your heel, the toes are unnaturally pushed forward, placing extra pressure on the toes and the feet joints. This is often the cause of bunions and other toe problems. Conversely, not wearing a heel is a good remedy for the problems. When shopping for shoes, look for shoes that have no heel. If you feel a heel is an absolute necessity, avoid anything over one inch for best results. There are many stylish comfort shoes without a heel available on the market today.
Remember when shopping, look for a roomy toe box, stretchability, and no (or a low) heel and you’re sure to pamper your toes with the care they need. By following some basic principles, you’re on your way to finding the perfect pair of shoes that you, and your feet, will absolutely love.