Whether it’s sandal season or boot season, you may be thinking it’s time to do something about that large, painful bump jutting out at the base of your big toe.
Doctors call that bump hallux valgus, but you might know it as a bunion. Bunions form when the bone or tissue at the joint at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Years of abnormal motion and pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the others, which causes an often-painful lump on the joint.
This joint at the base of the big toe carries much of your weight while walking, so bunions can cause severe and constant pain. The joint may become so stiff and sore that shoes may be too painful to wear.
Bunions are more common in women than in men, generally due to the tight, narrow dress shoes that women tend to wear. By wearing shoes with a constrictive toe box, the foot can begin to form to the shape of the shoe, leading to painful bunions.
All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected. But there are some measures you can take to be more comfortable or to slow a bunion’s progression and ease the pain and irritation they cause.
The first sign of a bunion is a red spot on the joint, caused by footwear rubbing and pressing against the area. If left unattended, a callous will form on the joint, causing further pain and damage. That red spot is the first sign of an issue, and should be addressed immediately by choosing a better fitting shoe. And we can help!
To relieve the pain caused by bunions, look for shoes with a wide and deep toe box to allow room for the affected joint. A broad forepart with a flexible joint area will help keep pressure off of the inflamed area. Many therapeutic shoes designed for those with bunions will feature a stretch mesh or lycra material on the side joints, to keep from worsening the condition.
ICS offers many choices of shoes that will help relieve the pain of bunions. Here are a few, but give us a call and let us match the right shoe to your lifestyle and your foot conditions!
Apex Shoes Classic Lace Knit for Men
Apex Shoes Classic Lace Knit for Women
Apis Mt. Emey for Men (Severe Bunions)
Drew Shoes Amora for Women
Drew Shoes London for Women