Up to 1 in 3 Americans have bunions – a bony bump that forms at the main joint of the big toe. These can be odd-looking or uncomfortable at best, and downright painful at worst. A bunion deformity occurs when some bones at the front of the foot move out of place, causing the tip of your big toe to be pulled toward the smaller toes. This forces the joint at the base of the big toe to protrude.
Once the bunion forms, people with bunions may notice that shoes that once fit well are now rubbing against the foot. Bunion prevention starts at your shoes, and symptom mitigation can help in managing the discomfort. The best shoes for bunions will be ones that have good arch support and a roomier toe box and allow for the bunion to swell.
Non surgical treatments for bunions require a much smaller investment in time and money than surgical methods, so if surgery can be avoided, there are some great treatment tactics that can be utilized by people with bunions, particularly finding the best types of shoes to support bunion prevention.