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Prevent Bunions

Learn to Prevent Bunions and Limit Foot Pain


Updated November 13, 2013

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Many bunions are caused by footwear constricting the forefoot.

Photo © Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

Bunions are a common foot condition that can become painful and unsightly. The best method of preventing bunions, or preventing their progression, is to follow a few simple steps.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: years

Here's How:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes.
    This may seem obvious, but if the shoes are causing pain at the site of your bunion, then they're not good shoes to be wearing.


  2. Think wide toebox.
    Wider shoes may not be as fashionable as the newest Polo or DKNY shoes, but comfort really should matter more.


  3. Avoid high heels.
    Heels cause orthopedic surgeons to shudder, and for good reason--they're bad for your feet. If you have to wear them, do so in moderation.


  4. Make sure the shoe fits.
    The toebox is just one area--the rest of the shoe, including heel and arch, should also fit well. Try some tips on how to buy the right shoes.


  5. Pad the bunion!
    When the bunions become painful and irritated, they become more prominent. If it's bothering you, place some moleskin or cushion around the bunion.



  1. Orthotics can help.
    Often people have foot mechanics which cause abnormal pressure over the area of a bunion. Sometimes, these mechanics can be corrected with orthotics.


  2. Take a shoe break.
    In the office or around the house--slip off your shoes to relax your feet. Your feet will appreciate this break, despite objections from your co-workers.


  3. Buy at the end of the day.
    Your feet will be slightly larger from being up and about, this is the time to buy new shoes.


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