While shoes often get the full blame for causing a bunion problem, they really are only one aggravating factor. The tendency to have a bunion problem is most often due to genetics, although shoe choice can lead to bunions developing or worsening sooner. When it comes to footwear, shoes for bunion prevention will avoid having tight, pointy shoes. When the toe box of a shoe is narrow and squishes your toes together, it can encourage the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and cause the big toe to lean inward. There should be around ½ inch of space between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe, and your toes should not be cramped or squeezed together. Tight, pointed high heels generally would be a style of shoe to avoid.
Do not hesitate to contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. if you would like further information or require treatment for a bunion problem. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 or request an appointment online.