With warmer weather around the corner, you’re probably ready to bring out your summer shoes like sandals and flip-flops! However, if you suffer from bunions, you may be self-conscious about baring your feet or even worried about the pain. Our foot doctor in New Berlin, WI, explains more about wearing sandals with bunions and how to relieve any associated pain.
What’s A Bunion?
Bunions are caused by misalignment of your big toe, which causes it to angle itself inward. This puts excess pressure on your big toe joint and pushes it outward, away from your foot, creating a large bump on the side of your foot. The bump grows over time, becoming painful, red, and swollen. Thankfully, there are treatment options and prevention methods for relieving bunion pain.
The Right Shoes and Sandals for Bunions
Instead of getting comfortable sandals for bunions or well-fitting sneakers, people often wear ill-fitting footwear that leads to more bunion pain. This is especially true in the spring and summer months. You should never wear narrow shoes, pointed-toe shoes, or heels if you have bunions.
You want lightweight shoes and sandals that are spacious enough to not put pressure on your bunions while keeping your feet comfortable. Strapped sandals with supportive arches are a great choice, as are wide sneakers. Some sandals are specially made for bunions and offer extra room to accommodate bunion pads or splints — simply search online or ask our podiatrist!
Aside from buying the best sandals to accommodate your bunion, you should care for your feet in other ways. You can ice your bunion, do foot exercises and stretch your feet to relieve muscle pain. Speak with our podiatrist about caring for your bunion if the pain does not subside — surgery may be necessary as a last resort to alleviate your pain.
Contact Our Foot Doctor in New Berlin, WI, for More Information!
To find out more, contact us at (414) 246-9639. Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have about foot care or scheduling a consultation.