You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Style for Comfort- 4 Hip Shoes for Bunion Sufferers
Posted by Jenn F. on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
“I hate my weird feet,” writes blogger Melissa Stetten. “I was born with a bunion,” she explains, which “hurts a lot.” She goes on to say that living with bunions has severely limited her shoe choices. Even though she loves heels, she can’t wear them for more than an hour without experiencing terrible pain. During extended periods, she has had her feet “actually go numb by the end of the day.”
Dr. Josef Geldwert treats many patients like Melissa at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. One of the top questions we’re asked is: What kind of shoes should I wear? Obviously, shoes that are too narrow can rub against a bunion, causing a lot of pain and irritation. While every person is different, there are a few different brands and styles that cater to bunion sufferers. These shoes often include roomy toe-boxes, wider fit, and softer-than-normal cushioning. (P.S. – You’ll be happy to know there are actually some very stylish options!)
Shoes for Bunion Sufferers: Men’s Footwear
Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2 – ASICS, in general, are one of our go-to brands for foot pain sufferers. They offer great foot support and boast a “biomorphic fit” that reduces irritation. These shoes, in particular, include a “medial bunion window for enhanced fit and comfort.” The gel cushioning provides shock absorption, and the platform feel enhances stability while walking. Orthotic wearers have plenty of room in the footbed to add their custom insoles, too. Prevention Magazine notes the Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2 as the “best walking shoes for bunions.” With the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance, you know this shoe is a great buy. [NOTE: It also comes in women’s sizes.]
The Ecco Fusion Toe Tie offers an extra roomy toe-box. The removable leather insole lets you customize cushioning for comfort. The oiled leather and Nubuck upper is breathable and classic in style. “They are definitely helping with my bunion-tending right big toe. I am going back to buy another pair,” wrote one reviewer.
Shoes for Bunion Sufferers: Women’s Footwear
Alegria Paloma: These shoes were mentioned on BarkingDogShoes.com, a website dedicated to helping fellow bunion sufferers find stylish, comfortable footwear. When worn in moderation, rocker soles can provide added stability to a dress shoe and limit pain. However, it does still limit the foot from moving naturally, so you don’t want to live in these. These particular shoes come with a removable footbed, though, so you can add your custom orthotic insole for a better fit. The roomy toe-box and wide design is nice for bunion sufferers, and there are many colors and patterns to choose from.
Fly London is a well-known brand among bunion sufferers. “They make me forget I have bunions,” said one Amazon reviewer. The wide, soft strap is comfortable on bunions, while the thick, stable base and slingback strap offer greater stability than your average dress shoe.
Bunion Relief in NY
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is a New York facility equipped to treat mild, moderate, and severe bunions. Our main goal is to find a course of treatment that suits your lifestyle and comfort. Bunion surgery may be recommended if you cannot find any shoes that fit your feet comfortably, and if the more conservative measures we propose do not work.Your recovery will depend upon the type of surgery, but, generally speaking, all bunion surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis.
“Patients are immediately ambulatory, post-surgery, in a bandage and post-operative shoe or boot,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Athletic shoes are worn in approximately three weeks. Weight-bearing exercises and prolonged standing can be started at six to eight weeks. Home exercise programs to increase strength and flexibility are started immediately.” He adds that most patients report that very little pain medication is necessary and that the bunion surgery itself is virtually painless. Click here to schedule an appointment at our Manhattan or Westchester office.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. 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.