What are Bunions?
A bunion is a deviation and inflammation of joint where the big toe connects to the 1st metatarsal, also known as the 1st MTP. The capsule of the joint is displaced, thickened and enlarged, and the cartilage of the joint is damaged. There are three degrees of bunions: mild, moderate and severe. It is important to know that bunions are not hereditary, although the tendency to overpronate, which is one of the main causes of bunions, has a hereditary component.
Bunion common symptoms/complaints
Patients complain of pain in the joint and have a big toe that points away from the midline of the body. Often, they are only able to wear very wide shoes.
How are bunions caused?
Prolonged pressure against the inside portion of the 1st MTP joint can lead to Bunions. This most commonly occurs as a result of wearing pointed toe shoes or shoes that are too tight. Another cause is over-pronation. Normal “toe-off”occurs from bottom of the big toe. Over-pronation can cause one to “toe-off” on the inside portion of the big toe versus the bottom. Over time, there is a retrograde force into the joint which pushes it out stretches the joint capsule. This tearing and stretching of the joint capsule as well as the wear and tear on the cartilage is what causes the pain.
How are bunions treated?
Patients should immediately cease using improperly fitted shoes. Footwear selection should have a wide and roomy toebox to accommodate the full width of the foot.
If the problem is the over-pronation, the patient should be fitted with orthotics and can expect a slow recovery from pain over a period of months. Orthotics will not cause the physical deformity to regress, but will simply arrest any further progression and likely stop the pain. It is important to note however, that when bunions are severe and require surgery, the bunion can be corrected, but will develop again unless the root cause of over-pronation is corrected. If over-pronation is the root cause, orthotics will still be necessary.
Best Shoes for Bunions
We carry a wide variety of shoes and sandals for bunions. Many of the supportive shoes and sandals we carry have great support which limits pronation. Overpronation can lead to bunions. Additionally it is very important that shoes for bunions have removable insoles to accommodate orthotics for bunions. We carry shoes with cushioned soles that reduce the impact on your feet which reduces the stress on your bunions. Often times, the best shoes for bunions have a wider toe box to accommodate bunions. We also have the ability to modify shoes for bunions .
Best Arch Supports for Bunions
We have a wide variety of arch supports for bunions. The best arch support for bunions will have good shock absorption, control pronation, and evenly distribute pressure across the foot. This helps take the pressure off the site of the bunions which is generally what causes pain. We have over the counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which helps reduce the pain associated with bunions. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which bunions arch support is best for you!
Where to buy Arch Supports and Shoes for Bunions
At Lucky Feet Shoes,we carry a wide variety of arch supports and shoes for bunions online and in Southern California. We fit customers with arch supports and shoes for bunions in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside, Temecula and Los Angeles County. Our stores in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Anaheim Hills, Temecula, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach. We invite you to stop by for a free foot analysis and try our shoes for bunions. In addition, we have a large selection of comfort shoes, wide shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotics!