Bunions

Although bunions can be painful and uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do to ease the irritation. Let's take a look at what causes bunions and what you can do to improve the condition for happier, healthier feet.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a lump that occurs on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions form when the position of the toe changes – the toe may press into or even overlap the second toe, causing the front of your foot to move out of place.

What Is The Main Cause of Bunions?

The main causes of bunions are poorly fitting shoes. Prolonged pressure on the feet can cause the metatarsal (the bone behind the big toe) to become more prominent as the big toe pushes towards the second toe, making the foot appear wider.


Other causes include: 

  • Genetics – Bunions may run in the family.
  • Excessive Pronation – When the feet turn inward as you walk.
  • Inflammatory Conditions – such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Neuromuscular Conditions – such as Polio

How to Prevent Bunions

To prevent bunions, wear roomy shoes that accommodate your true foot width, and avoid high heels and pointy shoes.

How to Treat Bunions

There are a number of things you can do to care for your bunions and ease any discomfort. If the joint is red, hot or sore, using an ice pack may help to soothe the area and reduce inflammation. Bunion pads, cushions and sleeves can all be worn to help ease any discomfort.

Bunion Protectors and Pads

A Bunion Guard provides protection from friction and pressure. Its thin profile design cushions the foot and can be worn in most footwear.

Bunion support

A bunion sleeve is a gel pad that absorbs shock to reduce discomfort. A bunion spreader separates the toes to minimise pressure and protect the foot. 

Remember, if your shoes are too tight from the extra padding, this will increase the pressure further. 

The Simply Feet range of Bunion-friendly Gel-X products are great to provide comfort and protection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is walking good for bunions?

Walking or running with a bunion may cause it to feel painful. If this happens, try to reduce the intensity of the exercise. You may substitute running for jogging or a gentle walk while you treat a bunion, or switch to another exercise that causes less irritation like swimming.

What shoes should I avoid with bunions?

Avoid wearing narrow shoes or shoes with pointed toes if you have bunions. They can cause the toes to be pushed together and aggravate the condition. Instead, choose wide-fitting, comfortable shoes that provide space for your toes to spread out. Simply Feet shoes range in width and size to ensure the best possible fit for your feet.

At what point does a bunion need surgery?

In extreme cases, when a bunion causes severe foot pain that occurs even when walking or wearing flat, comfortable shoes, surgery may be required to help improve the function of your foot. You should seek professional help and advice to find out what the right treatment is for you.

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