17 Best Running Shoes For Bunions According To Podiatrists In the USA

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Whenever a shoe is available in wider sizes, go for that. Wider and deeper running shoes don’t rub against the side of the bunion. The list below has shoes that even have a bunion window to give much room for your bunions to spread. Also, your shoes should have less overlays especially on the front of the upper.

In short, look for comfortable roomy shoes with a wide toe box, a bunion window, good arch support, and stretchable qualities.

17 Best running shoes for bunions - reviewed

BROOKS GHOST 10

brooks ghost 10 running shoes

The Brooks Ghost 10 has a particularly wide forefoot that’s ideal for runners with bunions. The upper is seamless and does not irritate bunions or hammertoes.

Brooks went ahead and gave the Ghost a few changes in the upper, most noticeably in the overlays. There seems to be fewer overlays overall, which helps the shoe to have a more seamless secure fit. The breathability was slightly improved with this model, too. If the last version’s Air Mesh was considered an upgrade, then the Ghost 10’s Air Mesh is a slight upgrade over that. The Ghost 10 does not cause any irritation or hot spots, which is something we can all appreciate. The upper just does its job, it keeps your foot in place and locked down, which is always nice.

The shoe brings back the BioMogo DNA midsole that is basically a gel foam combination that allows the gel to adapt to your striding and helps disperse the impact over the run. It’s decently cushioned and maintains a smooth controlled ride. If you were a fan of the Ghost models, you should feel right at home.

The outsole features what Brooks calls the Omega flex grooves. The flex grooves make sure you have no problems with traction over grass, dirt, and sidewalk. You might be able to get away with some light trails, but don’t get carried away.

We noticed the flexibility in the forefoot was increased just a bit, which keeps that natural stride intact. The outsole should be great for most runs.

The Ghost 10 isn’t one of those upgrades that changes everything and makes you want to cut in line to get a pair, but it is consistent in being true with itself with small upgrades to help improve the shoe over time.

It’s a great shoe for just about anybody who wants a shoe that can do it all, whether it’s a short run, a long run or even a marathon. It’s a solid shoe that will get you out and running without any gimmicks.

ALTRA THE TORIN 3.0

altra torin 3.0 road running shoes

The thing I really like about Altra shoes is the gigantic toe box. If you’ve never experienced a shoe with a wide toe box and you have wide feet you may not be able to put your feet in another shoe ever again. Your bunions will thank the Torin.

When you’re running, the bones in your feet spread out. Over long runs, your feet are also going to swell, so the expansion of your foot due to swelling plus the movement of your bones during running requires a lot of room, otherwise, you’ll get issues like blisters and hot spots. This can ever over time lead to stress fractures in your foot. The Torin will give you enough cushion without impeding your midsole strike.

The Torin 3.0 is a highly cushioned neutral shoe from Altra for those runners looking for a very comfortable lightweight high-mileage running shoe.

As with all Altra shoes, usually the first thing you’ll notice is the foot-shaped toebox that uses a wider forefoot than traditional running shoes. This allows the toes to splay out and engage naturally for better balance and stability.

It is a zero drop shoe meaning there’s no difference between the height of the heel and the forefoot. This improves posture and encourages proper running form.

As with all Altra shoes, the Torin 3.0 has a gender-specific footbed shape, meaning a different shoe construction for men and women.

For the shoe’s combination, the midsole is a combination of EVA foam with an Abound top layer. This top layer is an energy return layer that reduces impact without losing ground feel. It compresses significantly less than traditional foam so the cushioned feel lasts longer both at the end of a long run as well as over the entire lifespan of the shoe. The midsole also features InnerFlex technology which are grooves in the midsole that increase flexibility where it is needed most.

The insole is a well-cushioned 6mm contoured footbed.

The outsole uses Altra’s FootPod technology that follows the bones and tendons of the foot providing flexibility where it is needed most. This allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle.

The upper uses a Quick-Dry Air mesh that is more ventilated in the previous version and wraps the foot comfortably.

The Altra Torino 3.0 is an excellent option for those looking for a highly cushioned do-everything shoe that is versatile and will hold up to the mileage.

NEw balance fresh foam 1080v7

new balance fresh foam 1080v7 running shoes

The New Balance 1080 v7’s wide toe box offers plenty of width to accommodate bunions and Morton’s neuroma comfortably.

The 1080 v7 is a neutral shoe coming in at an 8mm drop and an 8.4oz in the women’s size 8 and 10.6oz in men size 9.

The 1080 is considered to be New Balance’s premium high cushioned neutral shoe. The last models were great in my opinion and this year’s 1080 kept true to much of what made the last models so good but with a few changes.

The upper uses engineered mesh that is supportive and breathable.

The shoe has a sock-like construction that gives you a nice secure fit. It wraps around the midfoot and has a wide toe box that allows the foot to splay nicely.

The midsole uses New Balance’s top-of-the-line Fresh foam cushioning. Fresh foam is one of the most plush, soft and comfortable cushioning setups in any running shoe. This is the second version of the 1080 that uses the Fresh foam as the main cushioning system. Last year’s 1080 was a bit softer out of the box, but don’t you dare be sour, it is still soft and plush.

The outsole uses blown rubber throughout the entire shoe. It is not anything fancy, but it gets the job done. It’s flexible in the forefoot and still has a fairly stable ride.

When it comes to long-distance running, the 1080 v7 is a lot of runners’ go-to shoe, but that said it is by no means snappy. Sure, you can go fast in it if you want to but you’re going to have to work for it.

The New Balance 1080V7 is a good running shoe for those looking for a wide toe box and for those who want a softer ride for your runs. The Fresh Foam is real.

altra women's intuition 1.5

altra women's intuition 1.5 running shoe

The Intuition is an award-winning shoe and definitely one of the best running sneakers for bunions and Tailor’s bunions.  It also increases balance and offers a great running experience for neuromas, hammertoes and a lot of foot conditions.

The Intuition is the women’s version and the Instinct (below) is the men’s. The cool thing about it is that it has a wider toe box and a narrower heel to accommodate the shape of your foot and give comfortable room for your bunions.

The Intuition 1.5 is categorized in the neutral category. However, it still is a good option for mild pronators, but it’s not recommended for severe pronators.

It is a zero drop shoe, which means that both the heel and the forefoot have the same distance from the ground, which encourages a more natural and more efficient running style. It’s also female-specific meaning it’s shaped like a woman’s foot. These are some of the best attributes of these shoes.

The outsole combines a couple cool technologies, the A-Bound technology and the Natural Ride System (NRS) that both give you good feedback from the ground and a flexible protection that you need on any surface.

The upper has an A-wrap technology, a see-no-seam stitch-free technology, asymmetrical lacing and a heel claw and that just leaves a really snug and comfortable fit.

Best for road and cross-training, the intuition 1.5 has that women’ s specific shape, delivers solid comfort and cushioning and leaves plenty of room for bunions to move without hindrance. It is all about natural running, biomechanics, and injury prevention.

altra men's instinct 1.5

altra womens instinct 1.5 running shoe

The Altra Instinct, the men’s version of the Intuition above, is a great choice for those whose bunions make running painful rather than enjoyable. Also, it’s a comfortable shoe for those suffering from hammertoes or those who want a minimalist platform without the bone-crushing feel of the pavement underneath.

The Instinct 1.5 should be on your list if you like the natural foot strike the zero drop shoes offer but want a bit of cushioning underneath. It gives you additional protection so that your feet and joints still feel comfortable after plenty of miles. The cushioning of this shoe is pretty good for all sorts of terrain.

The toe box is wide but still, the overall comfort of the shoe is great for any sort of running you want to do.
Even though the Instinct has a roomy fit, it still offers good adjustability to tighten up in the midfoot area. I still recommend using a runner’s loop at the top lace to cinch down the fit of the heel collar which may feel loose around the ankle.

The Instinct 1.5 certainly does not offer the squishy softness of a traditional trainer, but it does have a good amount of protection from the ground. That said, runners who overpronate, those with a history of Plantar Fasciitis and others with foot stress injuries still need to be careful when transitioning to the Instinct.

Testers felt a gradual increase in mileage, which is essential for success. They have found that the Altra Instinct 1.5 makes a little noise than most typical shoes due to the flat bottom it has. However, the ride is still super smooth.

One of the things you’ll like is that your feet in the inside will be extremely free and very active. Runners have enjoyed the natural foot placement possible with the Altra Instinct and also felt comfortable as they racked up the miles in this shoe thanks to the underfoot protection.

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brooks adrenaline gts 17

brooks adrenaline gts 17 running shoes

With its narrow heel, wide toe box and bunion window, the Adrenaline GTS 15 comfortably accommodates bunions on both feet.

The Adrenaline GTS 17 is Brooks’ best-selling running shoe. GTS stands for go-to-shoes because it simply works for so many runners. Whether you run a lot or a little, the GTS 17 is a perfect balance of cushion and support for the smoothest ride.

Right off the bat, you’ll see a sleek update to the design especially in the upper. Not only is that pretty cool but you’ll also run faster in it. Why? Its design is specifically constructed to be more aerodynamic. The upper is designed to ensure the fit feels comfortable and secure. Runners love this new design saying it’s soft and comfortable and a shoe that allows you to stay focused on the run.

For stability and support, the GTS 17 utilizes Brooks’ time-tested Progressive Diagonal Rollbar. The Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar guides your body into its natural motion path, which is great for moderate to sever overpronation. Running with your natural gait definitely improves both your speed and limits your risk of injury. The GTS 17’s new sidewall design disperses impact away from your body creating a soft and even ride.

The segmented Crashpad provides a soft stable and secure foundation no matter how your foot lands. It also reduces injury by absorbing shock from when your feet hit the ground.

Comfort and proper fit should be high in the priority list for you. You’ll love the customizable fit in the heel which is a common problem area in standard shoes. You don’t want your feet slipping and sliding all over the place in your shoe and the GTS’ asymmetrical saddle has adjustable eyelets that really give your feet extra snug feel

Speaking of comfort, there’s even more comfort in this shoe. The cushion level in the GTS 17 is considered as one of the highest cushion levels in the market. Brooks have also tuned their DNA cushioning to adapt its firmness to your individual step and stride, making you get the perfect amount of cushioning.

The GTS 17 is in the stability category but its weight won’t bring you down as it has an average weight for a stability shoe at only 10.7oz (a little lighter than the GTS 16). It has a 12mm heel-to-toe offset, which is the angle your feet are set at in the shoe.

brooks glycerin 14

brooks glycerin 14 running shoe

With the Brooks Glycerin 14, bunions, Morton’s neuroma, and bone spur issues are all addressed.

With a 10mm heel-to-toe offset, the Glycerin 14 is a premium daily trainer designed for the neutral runner.

It is Brooks’ softest and most comfortable neutral shoe. If you crave super soft plush cushioning, the pillowy design of this shoe will have you cruising in supreme comfort. The unparalleled cushioning of this shoe comes from Brooks’ super DNA midsole. It offers the ultimate underfoot feel and it’s designed to react to your stride by absorbing impact giving you the softest feel underfoot.

The Ideal Pressure Zones on the outsole ensure proper body alignment and disperse impact evenly away from your body. From heel to toe, you’ll see a flex groove in each pressure zone. This flexibility adds to the super soft feel of the Glycerin 14. A full segmented Crashpad continues to offer an effortless ride.

Thanks to the next generation 3D Stretch Print overlay technology, Brooks were able to design an upper that stretches and conforms to your foot’s size and shape while offering a secure wrap with optimal breathability.

Without unnecessary weight to slow you down, this top-of-the-line super plush shoe cushions your entire foot while providing structure and movement in all the right places.

Runners agree that for total comfort and a soft cushiony ride the Glycerin 14 is where it’s at.

It weighs in at 10.6z for men and 9.2oz for women.

The Glycerin 14 is a solid update in the maximum cushioning category and a great choice for the runner seeking an ultra-plush ride with great stability and support.

mizuno wave inspire 13

mizuno wave inspire 13 running shoes1

Get inspired on that next run by the unbelievably cushy ride given to you by the Wave Inspire 13 from Mizuno. The Mizuno fits great and feels great while its mesh provides plenty of room for you bunions or Tailor’s bunions to splay comfortably.

You don’t want to have a bad gait, do you? The Inspire 13 guides your alignment and improves over pronation tendencies every step of the way with the improved U4ic midsole. You’ll feel like a machine as you’ll run longer with a reduced risk of potential injuries. Also, Mizuno continued to add comfort in the U4ic heel wedge to really treat those feet of yours to luxury.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 is a cushion level 4 as you’re getting one of the highest levels of comfort on the market. This makes the shoe great for high mileage and everyday training.

Although the Inspire13 isn’t the lightest shoe out there, you won’t be lugging huge bricks around. It’s considered light for a stability shoe having just enough weight to make your feet feel supported.

The Inspire 13 boasts a brand new upper with increased flexibility and fit. No one wants to come home all sweaty after a run, I don’t and of course, you don’t and the good thing is the upper wicks away moisture as well. One other thing you’ll love about the upper is the stretch laces. You’ll get a snug fit with no discomfort whatsoever.

I’m sure you’ve had shoes that rub against the back of your heel and it feels kind of like sandpaper. Well, the Inspire 13 updated to an even softer collar that avoids irritation completely without losing that snug fit in the heel.

Lastly, you’ll love the improvement in the Mizuno’s double fan wave in the midsole. It helps cradle your feet on impact without any stiffness.

altra provision 2.5

altra provision 2.5 running shoes

The Provision 2.5 is designed to improve running form, assist fallen arches, give extra room for toes and bunions, and prevent excessive pronation.

The update for the Provision 2.5 is the built-in stability wedge and the additional cushioning. This shoe has a 0mm drop. It also has a wider than average toe box which gives your foorefoot extra room to spread out.

The midsole has a light EVA with Abound technology to help with the responsiveness of the shoe. It also has cushioned stabilipod technology to help prevent excessive foot collapse or pronation.

The outsole also has the Stabilipod technology.

The upper is made with QuickDry Air mesh and the insole is a 5mm contoured footbed.

The Provision 2.5 is a really good fit for someone who’s new to the zero drop running. If you already run in zero drop shoes but you’re looking for something that’s supportive and stabilizes really well, this is a great option.

It’s really lightweight. Yet, it doesn’t feel like a shoe made for speed, it’s more for those long runs or just all-day comfort.

You’ll really enjoy the extra room in the toebox because it will help your foot spread out and help your big toe to stay straight over your foot. The Provision 2.5 is also a great option if you’ve been battling Plantar Fasciitis because it will provide all-day comfort.

saucony stabil cs3

The Saucony Stabil has mesh right where your bunions hit making it feel great when you walk or run. It’s also available in wider sizes if you want to add your orthopedic support to keep your bunions from developing.

This shoe is the successor to the Stabil CS2. The CS3 is a running shoe built for severe overpronation giving you both enhanced cushioning and enhanced stability as well. It corrects overpronation and gives great arch support.

The upper has a ton of mesh making it virtually weightless and very breathable. The upper is very reflective for great visibility.

It features a support frame that helps lock the heel securely into place. It also features Sauc-Fit, which is a unique system that helps lock the midfoot down over the midsole while keeping the heel securely in place.

The Stabil’s Hydramax technology in the collar lining is designed to wick away moisture while its removable ComfortLite insole gives you not only cushioning but the sweet opportunity to customize the shoe with your own custom orthotic if you have one.

There’s a full-length PowerGrid midsole that helps center the foot and absorb impact and shock to help distribute pressure to create a smooth responsive ride that you will love.

An SRC impact zone under the heel gives you supreme shock absorption and helps give you a smooth feel.
The XT 900 carbon rubber has been added to the high-abrasion areas and IBR, which is 33% more lightweight than typical blown rubber, gives you enhanced cushioning.

If you’re looking for the perfect shoe that will enhance your stability on your runs, you can’t go wrong with the Stabil CS3.

saucony omni 15

saucony omni 15 running shoe

At first, runners used to recommend the Saucony Progrid Omni 9, but the Omni 15 has proven to be far better. The Omni 15 is also one of the best running shoes for your bunions and high arches and features a bunion window. This is a great stability shoe for the moderate to overpronator.

Saucony continues with the second density midsole that offers additional support to the medial side of the shoe and helps to just control the pronating phase. Within the midsole, Saucony have added EVERUN which is Saucony’s new cushioning material. Right under the sockliner, there is a full-length layer of EVERUN that adds to the responsiveness, the durability, and the resiliency.

A nice update to the Omni 15 is very lightweight breathable mesh framed with FlexFilm. Flex Film is the light seamless overlay that helps to frame the upper providing ample comfort to give a nice comfortable and roomy feel in the forefoot of the shoe.

Saucony will also be continuing with Sauc Fit. It’s a nice little fit feature that helps to snug up the mid of the shoe giving a bit more support to the upper.

Also continuing, there’s the external support frame that goes around the heel just to reinforce the counter and again adding and assisting with the stability experience for this runner.

Saucony have updated the outsole with the Tri Flex outsole. The outsole provides great flexibility as well as great surface contact for durability and balance on top of the shoe.

They have also continued with the high durability XT 900 rubber in the heel and then throughout the forefoot, there’s a softer more flexible IBR+.

The men’s size 9 weighs in at 10.8oz and the women’s size 7 weighs in at 9.1oz. The shoe will also continue having an 8mm offset from heel to midfoot.

asics gt 2000 3

asics gt 2000 3 running shoes

The GT 2000 3 is also one of the best running shoes for bunions and hammertoes as well.
Many runners confirm their chiropractor told them that their huge bunions and callouses would be lessened by the Asics GT 2000-3.

Year after year the 2000 series has become a go-to shoe for runners looking for a cushioned moderate support option. With the 2000 3, runners will find a supportive 2000 series’ feel matched with the new FluidRide cushioning and improved upper wrap. By modifying the original FluidRide midsole, the newest version of the series receives a 20% improvement in bounce-back while also reducing weight.

Testers found the shoe to be slightly stiffer than the previous models, but the new midsole provided a more energy efficient ride without sacrificing the classic 2000 feel.

The continued use of both forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning provides runners with plenty of shock absorption, which is great for daily training on the roads.

The 20000 series has become known as one of the premier moderate support trainers, and the newest version is no exception. Continuing the use of the Guidance Trusstic System that works with Asics’ Guidance Line, runners find the third version of the GT 2000 to provide plenty of pronation control.

Along with a newly shaped heel crash pad, runners find the shoe to result in a more efficient ride that creates a smooth transition at toe-off. Huge improvements are also seen in the upper with a new seamless design. Runners enjoy the soft foot wrap and find the new heel clutching system to provide a snug heel fitting experience.

With upgrades in cushioning and comfort, runners continue to see this daily running shoe as one of the leaders of the moderate support category.

asics gel nimbus 18

asics gel nimbus 18 running shoes

This high-end cushioned is the 18th version of the legendary Nimbus series. The Nimbus 18 is a premium daily running shoe designed for the neutral runner.

One of the things you’ll notice right away about this update is its complete seamless construction of the upper. Asics has made the Nimbus 18 without any seams, stitches, and overlays that often cause friction and irritation and don’t give enough room for bunions. It’s also a great option for bad knees.

Known for its plush cushioning, the 18th version of this series utilizes a new gel placement designed to improve adaptability on the road.

It features a carbon rubber outsole which really helps with durability and traction and it’s a carryover from the previous models.

You also have the famous FluiRide midsole which is also a carryover from the Nimbus 17 and provides bounce back and cushioning properties. But with this new version, we have the Convergence Gel. Gel is not new to Asics, of course, but what Asics did is they took the Gel and they’ve set it more at an angle closer to the foot. This is going to help with cushioning properties and really make sure that you’re floating on clouds.

The Nimbus 18 also features a new 3D printed upper which is going to help with holding your foot in place. It’s seamless meaning you’re not going to get a lot of irritation and it’s breathable so you’re going to get a light airy feel while you’re running.

You can take the Nimbus 18 running in your neighborhood, on high mileage runs, or anywhere you want to train for your upcoming 5K, half marathon, marathon…

The men’s come in at 11.4oz while the women’s comes in at 9.2oz. We also have a heel-to-toe drop on the men’s of 10mm but on the women’s we have a 13mm drop. So the women’s version has 3mm of extra comfort for Achilles tension for example.

Along with an improved guidance line technology for a smoother ride and a FluidRide midsole for lightweight responsiveness, this premium trainer is ready for the long miles ahead.

asics gel foundation 12

asics gel foundation 12

With a mesh bunion window right where you need it, the Asics Gel Foundation 12 is one of the best shoes for bunions. This shoe is made perfectly for the overpronator and doesn’t sacrifice flexibility or comfort. It is lightweight and feels like next to nothing on the foot and has a nice amount of flexibility.

The Foundation 12, of course, has a breathable mesh upper with durable synthetic overlays and a little bit of reflectivity for those early morning or late night runs. It has breathable mesh throughout the entire interior to help wick away moisture as well as a nice amount of cushioning at the tongue and collar.

It has a removable Comfort Dry footbed that provides you with cushioning and anti-odor properties within the shoe making your feet super happy. The midsole features Speva midsole material that is super lightweight and provides fantastic shock absorption and energy return. It also features forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning to help absorb shock on impact like a sponge.

The Gel Foundation8 features Duomax on the inset of the shoe, which helps give you added cushioning and a wonderful amount of support to help enhance the support and stability throughout the entire shoe so that you can run with greater ease while reducing pronation.

It’s all on a DuraSponge outsole featuring blown rubber and super sticky rubber where you need it to help increase the shoe’s durability.

Believe me, the right foundation makes a difference and you can’t go wrong with the foundation built by Asics.

new balance 940v2

new balance 940v2 running shoes

Able to comfortably accommodate even the largest bunions, the New Balance 940V2 is a shoe that’s going to propel you to the front of the pack. It’s built for the runner that needs that accommodation of enhanced cushioning and reinforced stability.

It has a highly breathable mesh upper with synthetic overlays and nice cushioning around the collar area. Its insole is removable and it’s Ortholite, which is very shock absorbing and has anti-microbial properties to help fight odor.

Under that, there’s full-length Abzorb Strobel Board which is going to give you another layer of cushioning. The shoe offers more cushioning in the midsole with the N2 midsole that’s shock absorbing and very responsive as well.

On the medial side, it’s where you are going to get all the support you need to keep your foot running straight and hold it into place. The outsole features high density and high-abrasion resistant rubber which will give you a lot longer shoe life while the deep flex grooves give you a ton of flexibility, road feel and just overall comfort.

newton running gravity iii

newton running gravity III running shoes

Say hello to better with the Gravity III from Newton as its anatomical stretch panel areas and wide toe box are great to accommodate your bunions and bunionettes.

This is a neutral trainer that is suitable for daily runs as well as races ranging from 1 block to 100 miles. It’s made with a breathable lightweight mesh and synthetic upper. It also features a heel lace lock. There’s a plush tongue and collar for added comfort.

It has a breathable lining that supplies a soft instep feel. It has a removable footbed that’s cushioned and contoured for comfort and it can also be replaced with your own custom orthotic if you choose.

You will find that it has Action/Reaction technology in the forefoot and in the heel, which is going to be highly responsive, kind of trampoline-like, giving you lots of reaction to your energy with every single step.

It does also feature a biomechanical metatarsal sensor plate which is going to allow the foot to sense the ground promoting a lighter more efficient stride. The Gravity III has an enhanced medial midsole platform and features a very flexible SHERC outsole.

If this is your first time running in a Newton shoe, I highly recommend you spend some time walking in the Gravity 3 before attempting to run in it.

brooks addiction 10

brooks addiction 10 running shoes

Choose the extra wide to save your bunions. The Addiction 10 is much wider in the midfoot, which gives it a more torsional stability offering a lot of control.

This fantastic shoe from Brooks features a very breathable mesh design and synthetic placements throughout the structure. It also offers a lot of support and stability along with abrasion-resistant materials at the toe and heel.

The key update to the 10 is actually the aesthetics. The addiction 10 has done really well mechanically and serves its customers really well.

It has abundant padding on the tongue and collar for additional comfort. You also have a very soft lining. The footbed is efficient, removable, and padded right where you need it to be for all-day comfort. The Addiction has got the Cloud Liner Technology to make sure every step is comfortable on it.

And, of course, there’s the Brooks MOGO & BIOMOGO midsole, which is great because it is bio-degradable. There’s also DNA cushioning located on the midsole, the forefoot and rearfoot, which helps absorb shock and keep the foot comfortable. DNA is a gel technology that helps absorb impact, so the greater the force on it, the more impact it will withstand.

The Brooks Addiction 10 offers thick cushioning on the inside for pronation control while having a nice sturdy and flexible design. The rubber outsole is flexible and is structured for additional stability.

The Brooks Addiction 10 has a super cool feature that holds the tongue and doesn’t let it slide around at all while you’re running.

what are bunions?

A bunion, also referred to as hallux valgusis a bump that forms at the base or the side of the big toe joint. Bunions can be unsightly and painful and sometimes they can form on the outside base of the little toe; those are called Tailor’s Bunions or bunionettes. So if you see telltale bumps, then most likely it’s a bunion.

Yes, it’s true some people are actually born with bunions in which the bone that creates the bunion is actually positioned too far outward right from birth, but most people develop bunions after walking and standing on flat feet for a long period of time. So it’s not because of tight shoes, it’s actually because of one’s foot structure and the way people walk that gradually over time causes this bunion deformity to form. However, tight running shoes can cause extra irritations to a bunion that’s already formed.

Other symptons may include ...

  • Reddening and inflammation around the bunion from pressure and rubbing.
  • Pain when walking or when wearing restrictive shoes.
  • Blisters and calluses that form around the first and second toes.
  • Your second toe overlapping your first toe.
  • Weight loss.
  • Arthritis of the big toe.

If you have any of those symptoms along with the bump, then you most likely have a bunion. Women and the elderly are more likely to have bunions. Bunions can be inherited or can develop over time due to, as said earlier, walking and standing on flat feet for a long period of time.

Bunions are caused by certain bones that are unevenly positioned in the feet. This imbalance forces the big toe to push inward disrupting the alignment of the main foot bone and causing a bump to form on the side of the foot. That’s also why there’s often crowding or overlapping of the other toes.

75% of patients have bunions on both feet whereas 25% can have a severe deformity on one foot and the other foot is essentially normal.

Bunions start small but can grow worse over time and lead to other painful foot conditions. I recommend you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis if you haven’t already. Most doctors agree that pain relievers, cold therapy, wearing the right shoes, and modifying your activities are all ways to help with bunion pain. It is quite difficult to find shoes that conform to the deformity but also fit the back of the foot, but we did the digging and put together the list of the best shoes for bunions above.

how to relieve the pain

1. Cushion

Look for padding and shields to help protect the tender areas around the bunion. Cushioning, like silicone pads will also help get rid of pressure around the toe joints.

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2. Realign your bunion

Use splints and toe spacers to make sure your toes are properly positioned and aligned. Splint and toes spacers also help to give more room for your overlapping toes decreasing irritation.

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3. lacing technique: bunion step-over

Look for padding and shields to help protect the tender areas around the bunion. Cushioning, like silicone pads will also help get rid of pressure around the toe joints.

do tight running shoes cause bunions?

One question people commonly ask is whether or not some running shoes, especially the tight ones, can cause bunions. The answer is simply no. There’s no shoe in the world able to cause bunions to form.

When a person develops a bunion it’s due to a number of different changes that occur to a particular foot over a long period of time. These changes are usually always because of genetic factors which cause the bunions to form in the first place. So if surgery is not an option for you, opt for the shoes above to ease your bunions and enjoy running like everybody else.

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