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Bunion Buys: 5 Great Products for Bunion Relief

Posted by on Friday, February 14th, 2014


Everyday items can become a hassle to purchase for people living with bunions. One blogger lamented the task of buying running shoes that could fit her misshapen big toe joint. A bunion doesn’t always necessarily hurt, but it is almost always inconvenient to have. Shoes don’t fit correctly. Walking can be difficult, let alone running or participating in sports. Many people opt to lead more sedentary lives to avoid the hassle altogether. We recommend tackling the problem head-on. There are plenty of bunion relief products out there geared toward making the lives of sufferers better!

Bunion Boots

Finding footwear is one of the biggest challenges for people with bunions. Fortunately, there are a few manufacturers who take this concern into consideration. Hanwag Tatra Bunion Boots are designed to accommodate an enlarged hallux valgus. You can also shop multiple brands at The Healthy Feet Store to find other wider bunion shoes.

Note: For athletic trainers, look for mainstream brands with wider toe boxes — like Saucony, Mizuno and Asics.

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The Hanwag Tatra Bunion Boot provides a comfortable fit for people with bunions.
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Bunion Relief Support Socks

Bunion support socks come with features such as:

– Toe separators to prevent painful rubbing

– Outer bunion cushion along the big toe

– A wider toe box for increased foot width

– Metatarsal cushioning for better sole shock absorption

You can also find a number of fashionable, funky bunion socks here.

Bunion Night Splint

It can be difficult to walk around in a splint during the day, so many people take advantage of their sleeping hours to re-align the big toe without surgery. Splints like the PediFix Nighttime Bunion Regulator can take away some of the soft tissue stress you may be feeling and temporarily decrease pain and swelling. A night splint is no alternative to surgery, but for milder cases, it may be all you need.

The PediFix Nighttime Bunion Regulator may reduce pain and swelling of the tissues at night, but it’s not a permanent cure.
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Bunion Shoe Inserts

During the day, you may find shoe inserts like gel toe spreaders or “The Bunion Bootie” to be a comfortable add-on to your regular footwear. Gel spacers keep your big toe from crowding out your second toe, with separators that loop around the toe for easy wear. If you’ve suffered corns or blisters in the past from the painful rubbing of toes, this is definitely a product to consider.

The Bunion Bootie is a good work companion used to prevent rubbing, chafing, and irritation caused by bunions. This soft, flexible brace slips over the foot — also helping to redistribute your weight and correct gait abnormalities.

Bunion Cushions

Bunion cushions use foam or felt adhesive pads to protect bunions from painful shoe irritation. Patients say they take the pressure off their bunions and help them get through the day. Far from a miracle, you can think of this product as a simple cure — sort of like a super Band-Aid. This product is available online or at any local pharmacy.

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Wearing a bunion bootie is not as bad as it seems. In fact, you will likely find it very comfortable!
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The Bottom Line on Bunions:

Before clamoring to have your bunion operated on, try some of these less expensive, less invasive bunion treatment options. You can also try warm soaks, ice packs, and anti-inflammatory medication. There is no need to put up with daily bunion pain and irritation!

If you are not having luck finding relief from these over the counter remedies and are still experiencing bunion pain, the doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can help. We have successfully performed over 15,000 bunion surgeries, and can get you well on your way back to an active, healthy lifestyle.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.