Finding the best summer shoes for bunions

Jul 11, 2019

For those living with bunions, the idea of shoe shopping can seem tedious and frustrating. With miseducation, choosing the wrong shoe can often lead to growth in the bunion and increased pain; at the same time, your bunion can suddenly make your favorite pair of shoes the most uncomfortable ones. To find comfort and support, here’s what to look for:

Avoid Narrow Shoes
Pointy and narrow shoes or high heels will not only cause you pain; they are generally horrible for your feet. The shape causes your foot to be pushed forward, squashing your toes and creating pressure. To find a proper summer sandal, look for a strap that won’t rub against the bunion but will still provide arch support.

Think Stretchy Material
Leather or canvas shoes stretch enough to provide you with the comfort you need. Look for a wide front and laces or a strap that will allow you to adjust when needed, as bunions could eventually change the size of your feet.

Consider Bunion Pads
Many local drugstores have affordable pads that can be placed on your bunion to cushion it against rubbing on your shoe. This is especially useful for those who have to wear dress shoes for work, or stand on their feet all day.

Try Thinner Socks
Thicker socks will restrict your movement in your shoe, and make for a tighter fit. Opt for a lighter pair of socks for optimal comfort.

Look For Rubbing
Before your purchase, make sure your feet are not rubbing against the side of the shoes, and your toes all comfortably fit inside.

If your bunions are drastically impeding on your quality of life, Power River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options, so you can rest assure that you get the best possible outcome and are back to a happy and active life in no time.

Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit to learn more.

PROS is a Campbell County Medical Group clinic with Campbell County Health.