Your bunion needn't be showcased to the world. Rein in bunions by downplaying their appearance.
- Step 1: Try out orthotic products such as bunion shields, bunion night splints, and bunion bandages to try to minimize the bunion and prevent future progression of the bump.
- Step 2: Consult with a podiatrist if your bunions continue to be prominent. The foot doctor may be able to offer a more aggressive approach to keeping your foot in shape.
- FACT: People with a family history of bunions have a much higher likelihood of developing the condition -- about a 3 in 4 chance.
- Step 3: Maximize use of shoes with artful embellishments. Flowers, sparkles, or bows help to pull the eye away from the protruding bunion spot.
- TIP: Pass on vinyl shoes, which will only irritate your bunion causing it to grow larger.
- Step 4: Spend most of your time in comfortable shoes with enough room to accommodate bunions to stop yours from getting bigger and poking noticeably through your shoes. Choose wide shoes with ample toe room and high-arch supports.
- TIP: Consider cross-training athletic shoes, which offer the arch support necessary for bunion sufferers.
- Step 5: Select an appropriate upper-shoe material that does not constrain and rub against your bunion, such as broken-in leather or fabric.
- Step 6: Avoid wearing tight, high-heeled shoes, which aggravate and worsen existing bunions or even cause the condition.