Foot Health

Best Fitting Shoes For Bunions and Hammertoes

Bunions and hammertoes are uncomfortable foot deformities that make buying shoes a challenge. 

Hammertoes are among the most common deformities in the forefoot. Deformities may lead to postural imbalances, gait changes, cosmetic distortions, and pain. Hammertoes are when toes are curled up and begin rubbing the top of a shoe creating a callus along the top of the toes. To read more about bunions, click here.

Hammertoes and bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight or generally do not fit well. These conditions can't be cured by wearing a good-fitting shoe alone. However, a shoe designed with comfort features for foot issues can help reduce pain.

The best-fitting shoes for these conditions are shoes with a wide toe box that has plenty of room for the toes. They also have a secure fit around the instep, so your foot feels secure and isn't sliding forward. The best types of shoes are wide width, clogs, and t-strap sandals. Ideal materials are mesh and canvas or any shoe that fits snug around the heel and looser around the toes and ball of the foot. Leather shoes will not increase comfort. Pointed-toed shoes and high heels are discouraged because they transfer pressure to the forefoot. Wearing shoes with good arch support can help ease pain and prevent the formation of bunions. 

Higgs SL. Hammer Toe. Postgrad Med J. 1931;6(68):130-132. doi:10.1136/pgmj.6.68.130. 
Foot healthHeeluxe