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Hot Diggity Dog: Choose Cool Shoes for Bunions

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Canvas shoeHot Diggity Dog! Those bunions could sure use some more space in your shoes. (Have we mentioned that it’s National Hot Dog Day on July 23?) Do you have bunion-safe shoes? Don’t wrap your feet up tightly like a hot dog in a bun. It’s time to consider a good pair of shoes for bunions that will relieve your pain and prevent that bump on your foot from getting worse.

Your feet can be different sizes, so make sure you buy shoes for the larger foot. Never buy shoes that are smaller than your feet. They will squish them into abnormal positions and put pressure on your protruding joint. If you want to fill the extra space in one of your shoes, you can always place an insole inside.

Look for shoes with wide toe boxes and a lot of cushioning and support to give your feet enough space to breathe and also absorb more shock with each step. Shoes won’t cause a bunion, but will make the problem worse if you already have the deformity. High heels, narrow dress shoes, and flat-soled shoes should be avoided whenever possible.

Orthotics are a great option to consider when thinking about buying shoes for your bunions. Before you go shopping, you can come in and get fitted for these custom-made supports, designed specifically to your unique foot shape. That way, when you go to buy your shoes, you can try them on with the orthotics inside.

We have a highly-certified staff here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group and would love to walk you through the process of fitting you with orthotics, while recommending other treatment and shoes for bunions. Please give us a call at our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434 to come in for your first evaluation. You can also find more tips and tricks for treating bunions on our Facebook page!

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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