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Bunions

One of the most common foot health problems that we encounter in our stores on a daily basis are bunions. A necessary element of our shop staff’s job is to know first-hand how each of our shoes fit and which styles to recommend to customers, especially those with foot problems. In this guide, we aim to give you an understanding of what bunions are, as well as which type of footwear may help to alleviate some of the soreness and slow down the progression that is associated with them.

What is a Bunion?

In 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. 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 wearing the wrong shoes. In more extreme cases this may distort existing footwear and those who suffer from bunions will need carefully selected and fitted shoes.

This common foot problem can affect young and old alike. A bunion may often have a fluid filled sac over the affected area which is the body’s natural defence in protecting the joint. As most feet are born perfect and unless arthritis or similar is in the family, it is more likely that bunions are a result of badly fitted shoes.

What to look out for

It begins with the toe joint aching as well as becoming red. This could be because the toes have been 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.

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 canthen rub on the upper of the shoe and corns can then develop.

WEAR THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR

But what?

Unfortunately a bunion is an irreversible condition and may lead to another toe being removed if one becomes lifted and pushed out of place in severe cases (which is sometimes seen with the 2nd or 4th toe). Good quality leather shoes such as the Padders Skye are recommended as the leather can be ‘stretched’ slightly to accommodate for a bunion with specialised tools we have in store. The elderly are often advised to wear trainers if they have a bunion as they are soft and flexible and easily allow for orthotics. But you might agree that unless you’re out jogging you might not be happy wearing a pair of trainers. Begg Shoes is a stockist of some very good brands who have footwear in their collection which is ideal for wear with a bunion such as Ecco Shoes or Legero Shoes.

What to wear?

As mentioned, we at Begg Shoes have a variety of brands who stock a collection of shoes which are bunion friendly. These shoes are very soft, stylish, have wide fitting options and often can accommodate additional orthotics. Women tend to be more prone to bunions due to wearing high heels, wearing pointed toe shoes or not being correctly fitted, however this common problem can affect men as well. We have a few male customers who are looking for shoes to accommodate their bunions. In men this is often caused either from running or wearing football boots which are too tight, and of course it could also be hereditary! It is extremely important for parents to get their childrens feet professionally fitted from an early age to ensure they are wearing the correct shoes which allow for enough room for movement but not too much room.

Padders have their own unique design and manufacturing which make their shoes exceptionally comfortable and supportive. Padders have done so well with their concept of comfort that feelgoodfeet is their own trademark. It’s a word the sums up their unique approach to creating the perfect shoes for men and women which is based on exhaustive research into the physiology of feet. As Padders shoes are made with removable insoles this makes them available with a wider fit, it also lets you add your own orthotics where required. Click here to browse our collection of Padders shoes or to find out more.

If you are suffering from foot problems then you should always ensure you wear soft, comfortable and lightweight shoes.  Legero has developed a collection of shoes that allow everyone to move lightly, comfortably and with functional protection. Their range of womens shoes are a sporty, functional shoe with a modern, innovative design and a lightweight construction. If you love your feet you should give them the gift of the “Legero feeling” all through the year. Legero shoes are not seasonal shoes, but a brand that can be worn throughout the year.In the winter and in the summer, in wet and dry conditions, in the city and in the great outdoors. Click here to browse our collection of Legero shoes or to find out more about their brand.

ECCO are passionate shoemakers and constantly strive to surprise. They want to develop innovative designs and products without having to compromise on the quality and comfort. Click here to browse our collection of ECCO Shoes or to find out more about their brand.

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.

Gabor 63.700.46

Lanzarote

The high coverage over the big toe joint area, with smooth linings, help to reduce friction or ‘rubbing’ of the upper on toe joint. Contoured footbed provides you with comfort and light support in a premium quality fashion sandal.

Clarks 1283-74D

Un Loop

This Clarks shoes is the perfect work shoe for those who struggle with Bunions and spend most of their day on their feet. With their soft leather uppers and soft cushioning they are perfect for all day wear.

Remonte R3427-90

Liviola

Remonte shoes provide a great shape across the joint area. The velcro tab will help to secure these shoes on your feet if you have slimmer feet and bunion problems. This style from Remonte also features removable footbeds should you need your own orthotics.

Legero 00595-80

Tino Gor-Tex

Legero have crafted TINO using soft leathers through the uppers and used their famous cushioned and anatomically shaped footbed to ensure excellent comfort and support making this casual lace up shoe ideal for those who suffer from bunions.

ECCO 207083-01001

Aquet Zip GORE-TEX

Ecco Boots for Bunions

These ECCO boots are made with incredibly soft leather uppers making them the best boots for bunions this winter. The leather is naturally light & breathable with a soft textile lining for comfort.

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By | 2019-01-16T17:05:28+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Advice|Tags: , , , |