Dr. Karen Langone, a podiatrist based in Southampton, N.Y., has some suggestions for those suffering from bunions, particularly when it comes to footwear choices. “We can hasten their development with improper shoe choices,” she said, advising patients to visit a shoe store where they can be serviced by experienced shoe fitters who can address their special needs.
|Dr. Karen Langone
Shoes should provide ample support underneath the bunion area, advised Dr. Langone. Here, some brands cheat and use the same sole and simply add a wider upper. Make sure both the sole and upper are done in a wider width so the foot is not hanging off the sole. Look for suppler upper materials that will be gentle on sensitive bunion areas. “Look for a soft leather or suede and stay away from patent leather, which is going to be more harsh,” said Langone. “One of the things I tell my patients is, 'you don’t break in shoes.'”
Source: Barbara Schneider-Levy, Footwear News [11/14/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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