Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being released this weekend, and children and adults alike will be lining up waiting to see Han Solo at it again. Just make sure that all that standing isn’t aggravating their bunions at all. The best way to do this is by picking out footwear that can fit this toe bump.

Picking out shoes for kids is already hard enough as it is, but when you add a deformity, such as a bunion, it makes it even more difficult. There are several tips that should be followed when it comes to choosing footwear for those pesky bumps.

  • Don’t buy shoes that don’t fit. It sounds so simple, but many people think that shoes will stretch over time and that buying a shoe in a smaller size is the wise choice. This can do more harm than good because it can force their toes into even more awkward, painful positions.
  • If one foot fits perfectly into a certain size and the other foot has a little extra room don’t bother buying a smaller size. Instead, get the perfect fitting shoe and fill in the extra space on the other with an insole.
  • Go shoe shopping at the end of the day when feet are at their largest.
  • Although this may go without saying, especially for children, do not buy shoes with a heel! This will put more pressure on the ball of their foot.
  • No shoes with a pointy toe box, either. These types of shoes don’t allow your toes to move freely, which can lead to further aggravation of a bunion.
  • Every time your child needs a new pair of shoes they should be re-measured. Bunions can change size and shape over time, which can affect shoe size.

Look at shoes until you find the perfect pair for your child. You shouldn’t find a “near fit” just because it’s easier. There is a perfect shoe out there that will be comfortable and accommodating for a bunion. If you have more questions regarding bunion care call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to schedule an appointment with us. We have offices in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill for your convenience.