What is a Bunion?
To put it into simple terms this is a condition in which the big toe turns towards the smaller toes, meaning the two bones which comprise the big toe form an angle that may stick out. In a lot of cases, a bunion will distort the shape of footwear and carefully selected and fitted shoes are essential for comfortable day to day wear. Bunions can be hereditary or linked to arthritis however the most common cause is generally accepted to be ill-fitting footwear.
Bunions are a common problem and can affect young and old alike. Medically known as hallux valgus, the lump or swelling and tenderness on the first joint of the big toe is not the same as a corn and can be very uncomfortable. Bunions may often have a fluid filled sac over the affected area which is the body’s natural defence in protecting the joint.
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What to look out for
It begins with the toe joint aching as well as becoming red. The cause of this could be due to the toes being cramped in certain types of footwear which don’t allow for forward movement, and with every step the big toe has been pushed backwards or sideways causing it to become distorted and bent. This happens to counteract the lack of room within the shoe to move freely.
Can age affect bunions & other foot problems?
If the problem presents itself in a young person, orthotics can be purchased to align the big toe in the correct place and appropriate footwear can be purchased to allow the foot the space needed to grow and for the toe to realign.
In a more mature foot, unfortunately the problem will progressively worsen as rheumatism and arthritis begin to affect the area. After consistently wearing inappropriate shoes, the bunion will get worse and may eventually be painful. Existing footwear can then become misshapen as the little toes are forced upwards to make way for the alteration of the big toe. It is important that the appropriate shoes should be worn to accommodate the repositioned toes as there can be knock-on effects. Another potential problem arising from bunions is that the other toes can then rub on the upper of the shoe and corns can then develop.
Bunion Friendly Shoe Suggestions
Below is a list of shoes which we normally find fit customers feet with bunions or even an inflamed joint/start of a bunion.
These long boots have been crafted from soft brown leather in the Italian method of stitch construction. The soft luxurious leathers mean these boots are exceptionally flexible and offer a lightweight experience, ensuring comfort on your bunions without compromising style.
Why are Padders good for bunions? Padders shoes and slippers offer extra width and a huge range of sizes in very practical shapes, making them a great everyday choice to accommodate a bunion. Made in the UK, they offer quality and comfort that our customers love and also have removable insoles, which allow you to add your own orthotics as required. Begg Shoes offer a broad range of Padders shoes, which you can find on this link.
Why Legero? Legero has developed a collection of shoes and boots with top quality leather uppers on a lightweight and flexible construction. Leather is a fantastic material which naturally moulds to your foot shape and the ease of movement and support on offer with a Legero shoe mean your foot does not need to work as hard. This should translate greater day to day comfort for a bunion. As a brand, Legero offer distinctive design features and twists, which are a breath of fresh air for those who have stuck with the famous comfort shoe brands until now – well worth a try. Click here to browse our collection of Legero shoes or to find out more about their brand.
Rieker Shoes are world-renowned for their patented Anti-Stress technology shoes. Their shoes are designed with comfort and fitting in mind, which can be excellent for a fitting a bunion without overly compromising the fashion led design of the shoe. With huge seasonal ranges and a reputation for reliable comfort and quality, Rieker are one of our most sought after brands. Begg Shoes offer a UK leading range from Rieker Shoes but we always recommend our customer check out sister brand Remonte Shoes which features slightly higher material spec and finishing but the same excellent fit properties.