Shoes are important to a girl—just look at Dorothy in Oz, or Cinderella. However, despite great stores like Shoe Thrill and Aldo’s in Chandler, AZ, or JR’s and Creative Works Boutique in Gilbert, shoe shopping with bunions can be a frustrating experience.
On the one hand, choosing strappy styles definitely makes that bump on the side of your foot feel more comfortable. On the other hand, seeing the joint sticking out between the straps definitely dims the shoe’s attractiveness!
You may try on countless pairs feeling like Cinderella’s stepsisters because you can’t force your feet into them. Heels are the worst. As you teeter around, all your weight comes right down on that painful joint. How did Dorothy dance in those things?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona recognizes your dilemma and wants to share a little shoe magic with you. Try these tricks next time you shop:
- Go in late afternoon or evening – your feet swell through the day, so this will ensure that the pair you find will always feel comfortable.
- Stay away from pointy toes and higher heels – they cramp your toes and put undue pressure on the joints that could move them even further out of alignment.
- Check the insoles for good arch support – bunions are often associated with flat feet which require this extra support to balance your foot as you walk.
- Check the material – soft leather and canvas or mesh can stretch a bit better to accommodate the bulge by your big toe.
- Wiggle your toes – it’s the only way to make sure there is room for them to lie as straight and flat as possible.
- Be realistic – glass or ruby red slippers may look fantastic, but we’ll bet Cinderella and Dorothy paid for the looks with foot problems (they don’t tell you these things in fairy tales). High fashion is fine for a few isolated occasions, but will do a number on your feet with day-to-day wear, so get more sensible shoes for bunions to wear every day.
Call our office if you need more help finding shoes that fit well and feel great. We can recommend certain brands and styles that may work better for you, but most importantly, we can take a look at your feet and find solutions for your bunion problem. You can reach our Gilbert, AZ office at (480) 981-1800 and in Chandler at (480) 963-9000.