What are Bunions?
Bunions are a bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe joint. They occur when the big toe pushes against the other toes, causing the joint to move out of alignment and the bone at the base of the big toe to stick out.
Bunions can cause pain, swelling, and redness, and can make it difficult to find comfortable shoes.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some of the most common causes of bunions include:
Genetics: Bunions can be inherited, and certain foot shapes or structures can increase the likelihood of developing bunions.
Foot injuries: Trauma or injuries to the foot can increase the risk of developing bunions.
Improper footwear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow can force the toes into an unnatural position and increase the risk of bunions. High heels can also put pressure on the front of the foot and exacerbate the problem.
Arthritis: Certain types of arthritis can cause inflammation and damage to the joints in the feet, which can increase the risk of developing bunions.
Congenital conditions: Some congenital conditions, such as connective tissue disorders or hypermobility, can increase the risk of developing bunions.
Neuromuscular disorders: Certain neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, can affect the way the foot develops and increase the risk of bunions.
How Do You Choose Shoes When You Suffer From Bunions?
- Look for shoes with a wide toe box: Shoes with a wide toe box allow your toes to spread out and can help reduce pressure on the bunion.
- Avoid high heels: High heels can put extra pressure on the front of your foot and aggravate bunions. Choose shoes with a low heel or no heel at all.
- Look for shoes with adjustable straps: Shoes with adjustable straps or laces can help you customize the fit and reduce pressure on the bunion.
- Choose shoes made of soft, flexible materials: Shoes made of soft, flexible materials like leather or mesh can help reduce pressure on the bunion and prevent rubbing.
- Consider shoe inserts: Specialized shoe inserts or orthotics can provide additional support and cushioning for your feet.
- Try shoes on in the afternoon: Your feet swell throughout the day, so it's best to try on shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.
- Consult with a podiatrist: If you have severe bunions, it may be best to consult with a podiatrist for recommendations on specific shoe types or custom orthotics.
Remember that it's important to choose shoes that are comfortable and fit well. If a shoe is causing pain or discomfort, it's best to avoid it and try a different style.
Why are Therafit's Shoes are the Perfect Fit if You Suffer from Bunions?
Therafit adjustable comfort shoes are designed with features that can make them a good option for individuals with bunions. These include:
- Wide toe box: Many of our styles have a wide toe box that provides plenty of room for the toes to spread out and can help reduce pressure on the bunion.
- Adjustable straps: We have sandals, casuals, athletics and slippers that have adjustable straps, zippers or laces that allow you to customize the fit and reduce pressure on the bunion.
- Removable orthotic insoles: Therafit shoes come with removable orthotic insoles that support your feet and that can be replaced with custom orthotics or other inserts for additional support and cushioning.
- Cushioning and support: Therafit shoes are designed with cushioning and support in mind, which can help reduce pressure on the foot and alleviate pain caused by bunions.
- Comfortable materials: Therafit shoes are often made of soft, flexible materials that won't rub or irritate the bunion.
Overall, Therafit shoes is a great option for individuals with bunions who need supportive, comfortable footwear.