Best Running Shoes for Bunions Reviewed & Rated
When suffering from foot issues such as a bunion, it is important to invest in a higher quality shoe. What most people do not realize is that we spend most of our time on our feet particularly with uncomfortable shoes that do us no favor besides being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Besides the traditional everyday activities that involve getting up, going to work, handling chores around the home or taking the kids to school, many of us do multiple other activities throughout the day such as afterschool activities for those that have children, second jobs and/or working out. All of these activities subject us to extensive hours on our feet, this makes it twice as important to have a well-supportive shoe that helps ease away pain even when you have hurtful bunions.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 221 hrs of research
Offers superb support
Runs true to sizing
Good looking color options
Holds shape for a long time
- Saucony Omni 14
- Asics Gel Venture 5
- Brooks Beast 14
- Asics Gel Nimbus 18
- New Balance M940V2
- Asics GT-2000 4
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16
- Asics Gel Kayano 23
- New Balance M1540V2
- Nike LunarGlide 7
- Salomon XR Mission
- Saucony Omni 12
- Reebok Crossfit Nano
- Mizuno Wave Rider
- Altra Torin
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Running Shoes for Bunions
1. Saucony Omni 14
Offers superb support
Runs true to sizing
Good looking color options
Holds shape for a long time
Toe box tighter than previous versions
Tongue moves around
Saucony has made quite a name for itself, and the Omni series is why. The Omni 14 offers supreme support for moderate pronation, giving a lot of cushioning and an 8mm heel-to-toe drop. Featuring a shock-absorbing crash pad and a support frame heel locking position, your foot will be securely locked in place and supported enough to take you anywhere in these shoes. Weighing in at 11.2 ounces, the lightweight design keeps you light on your feet and help you go longer and harder without heavy shoes to ruin your streak.Read more
Heel Locking System
Keep the pressure off your toes while having your heel locked in place with the Support Frame heel locking system. This offers added foot stability while keeping your bunion guarded.
Saucony's unique IBR+ rubber outsoles offer a lighter weight material without compromising supreme durability, enhancing overall cushioning comfort.
Cost and Value
While price-wise the Omni 14 is higher than most others outlined here, Saucony has created an impeccable reputation for providing durable and supportive shoes, making those extra few bucks well worth it.
2. Asics Gel Venture 5
Very low price
Gel cushioning is comfortable
Good arch support
Rugged toe stop
Offers good stability
Big toe area not reinforced
Sizes run a bit small
Offering similar quality for a quarter of the price of the competition, the Asics Gel Venture 5 gives mild to moderate support for overpronation. The rubber sole and trail-specific outsole will take you from the pavement to rocks and dirt with great traction, and good shock absorption with the gel cushioning on the heel. These offer plenty of room for those who prefer to use their own medically prescribed orthotic inserts. Choose from a wealth of different color scheme options.Read more
Removable Sock Liner
The removable inner liner allows for the option to add your own orthotic inserts so you can customize the fit without losing any foot space by adding it on top of the provided liner.
The gel cushioning insert on the heel providing a shock absorbing base for high-impact activities which keep your feet comfortable during any activity.
Cost and Value
Coming in at Best Value, the Asics Gel Venture 5 offers great support for bunion management without breaking the bank. At a super low price, it is unheard of to find such a great show for a fifth of the price of most others.
3. Brooks Beast 14
Inserts are removable
Excellent tread life
Sizes run small
Brooks is yet another trusted brand for many. The Beast 14 offers excellent support for moderate to severe overpronation. This support may make the shoes feel slightly stiffer than others, however, it is a critical feature for those who need the support. A full-length crash pad gives ultimate support on all terrain and gives a smooth heel-to-toe transition with each step. The Brooks DNA midsole gives personalized cushioning and support. Keep in mind that a common complaint is that they often run small, so be sure to keep this in mind when deciding what size is best for you.Read more
A combination of breathable mesh and a lightweight synthetic material will keep your feet feeling snug and supported while allowing for good airflow.
This new feature of the Brooks Beast 14 boasts providing the same comfort as before, but with an upgraded material with a non-toxic additive which assists faster breakdown in landfills once you've worn them out.
Cost and Value
The Brooks Beast holds the second highest price on this list, however, with Brooks being another coveted brand in the bunion world, you can be sure to get a design that will support and stabilize your foot better.
4. Asics Gel Nimbus 18
Lots of cushioning
Thin, breathable material
Gel on both front and back
Clutches the heel
Smaller toe box than previous versions
Not great to wear with low-riding socks
Asics comes in with another killer supportive running shoe best for mild overpronation. Featuring the same gel cushioning as the Venture 5, but instead offering it in both the heel and balls of your feet, the Nimbus 18 provides a comfortable and seamless design. The stretchy upper fabric gives a glove-like fit, and in combination with the heel's clutching rear design, your foot will stay in place throughout your runs. At a weight of 11.4 ounces, these make for a great light shoe to go anywhere with you.Read more
By removing any seams or stitching on the inside of the shoe, it reduces pinch points or rough spots that could cause irritation and injury due to friction while running.
This cushioned property gives you just the right amount of bounce back while holding a lightweight and a high level of durability that won't wear out fast.
Cost and Value
As one of the most expensive shoes outlined here, the Nimbus 18 is definitely one of the higher end Asics running shoe lines provided, shown through a sleek, lightweight design and great cushioned support.
5. New Balance M940V2
Thin upper mesh allows air to circulate
Extra cushion gives good bounce
Provide good support
Toe guard wears faster than rest of shoe
Fits larger than labeled
Long trusted by those with a wide range of foot issues, it is no surprise that New Balance has made it on the list. The only shoe approved by Medicare and Medicaid for diabetes patients, the ultra-supportive design is meant for moderate to severe pronation. With a stabilicore medial post, t-beam support shank and low-to-the-ground cushioning, it's no wonder why this offers supreme support for bunions. The antimicrobial footbed combined with a lightweight round this out to be a great choice for those who need some serious protection.Read more
Approved by these insurance companies as a true support and relief system for diabetic patients, this proves the high quality build that New Balance has created with this shoe.
Antimicrobial Foot Bed
The last thing anyone wants is a running shoe that isn't allowed in the house due to stinking so badly. The antimicrobial properties of this footbed will keep the odors out.
Cost and Value
Right in the middle price-wise compared to the other shoes outlined, the New Balance M940V2 is not likely to disappoint with proven results to support the worst of feet.
6. Asics GT-2000 4
Good arch support
Excellent cushioning through sole
Roomy toe box
Lower quality laces
Asics comes through with yet another low option, the GT-2000 4, designed for those with mild to moderate overpronation. Consistently boasted on being a comfortable running shoe, the gel cushioning is a customer favorite. The GT-2000 4 also offers the heel clutching system along with a breathable upper material to keep your foot in place. Features a ComforDry sock liner, FluidRide midsole, and many colors to choose from.Read more
Rear and Forefoot Cushioning
A popular feature of this shoe is the gel cushioning in both the front and back of the foot, so you get added shock absorption and protection while running.
Guidance Trusstic System
Enhancing gait efficiency, the guidance trusstic system is a plastic shank on the outsole which channels energy to help propel you forward, mimicking the foot's natural movement.
Cost and Value
As the second cheapest running shoe outlined, Asics comes through with yet another low-cost option for those with bunions or other issues associated with overpronation.
7. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16
Fit like a glove
Great shock absorption
High quality materials
Harder pad on ball of foot than previous versions
Runs tight around toes
Another great Brooks shoe is found in the Adrenaline GTS 16, perfect for moderation pronation. The moisture-managing upper mesh is highly breathable and lightweight, so your shoes won't weigh you down.The midsole saddle is adjustable, so you can comfort to your specific needs. The molded foam insole is removable to accommodate medical inserts. The progressive diagonal roll bar and segmented crash pad are what help your foot stay stabilized and keep it from rolling inwards. The reinforced rubber helps keep the shoe last longer in high-wear areas of the sole.Read more
Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar
This means the roll bar is tri-density, aka it has three levels of hardness, which helps adjust your foot to a natural heel to toe motion, stabilizing your gait and keeping it from rolling inwards.
'BioMoGo' is a fancy term is in reference to the material used in almost all of Brooks shoes these days, which biodegrades 50 times faster than normal materials. "DNA" is Brooks' cushioning technology that boasts the ability to adapt the amount of cushioning delivered based on each individual foot strike.
Cost and Value
If you're looking for a moderately priced running shoe for moderate pronation, the Adrenaline GTS 16 ranks right in the middle of the board for the cost compared to others outlined.
8. Asics Gel Kayano 23
Hugs your upper foot
Better heel fit than previous versions
Great color variants
Not as reliable as previous versions
Smaller toe box
The only reason the Kayano 23 didn't make it further up the list is due to the consensus that those who have been long-time buyers of the Kayano series agree that the 23 does not match up to previous versions. However, despite this, they are still a great motion control shoe for moderate overpronators, and offer some great features. Featuring the classic gel cushioning Asics is known for in both front and rear foot, and a fluid fit upper which hugs your foot, you'll get a shoe that will not slide around on you. Choose from a multitude of color variations to find your ideal running shoe.Read more
The concept of a shoe that hugs your foot without hugging your toes is a common theme throughout the top ten outlined here, and Asics brings it to you again here, offering a tight fit that won't move around while you're running.
This cushioning technology offers reinforced fibers which will last longer than most, giving your shoes a longer shelf life while maintaining maximum comfort.
Cost and Value
Within the four Asics shoes listed, these are the second most expensive version, however, for those who need quality comfort and protection, the Kayano series has been trusted by many.
9. New Balance M1540V2
Made in the USA
True to sizing
Good support even without custom orthotics
Heavier than others outlined
Provided laces are short
There's a reason why certain New Balance shoes are approved for reimbursement through Medicare, because they work! The M1540v2 is no exception, offering support for moderate pronators. The roller posting system in the heel helps to reduce movement of the back of the foot when you plant your heel, offering protection from annoying blisters and adding support. The synthetic mesh upper provides aeration, while also holding your foot like a glove for a comfortable, close fit without squishing your toes. If you're a long time fan of New Balance gear, this model will do right by you and your troubled feet.Read more
Double Foam Layer
To increase comfort and support, New Balance added two layers of performance foam to the midsole which gives a softer rebound while running and allows you to go for longer.
Another New Balance product approved by Medicare and HCPCS, for those who are qualified you can be reimbursed for purchasing these, showing that these do truly help relieve pains.
Cost and Value
This New Balance model is the most expensive pair of shoes outlined here, however with proven relief for bunions and other foot ailments, the money is well worth it.
10. Nike LunarGlide 7
Absorbs impact well
Good tongue cushioning
Lots of ventilation
Bottom of shoe wear out quickly
With Nike's trusted brand, of course, they had to appear on our review. Giving support for overpronation due to flywire cables and a TPU heel counter which provide heel and midfoot stability, your foot will stay well supported. The breathable upper mesh is created as one piece of fabric, reducing the chance of breakage or fraying over time. The seamless design leaves only what you need to get the job done while maintaining support, offering an overall lighter weight.Read more
This foam is how they keep this shoe so light, offering a combination of softness and support that helps absorb impact with a more responsive style of foam.
Technology specific to Nike shoes, Flyknit refers to the upper portion of the shoe, designed with ultralight, strong yarn woven into one upper piece, reducing chances of fraying and offering a strong, supportive material.
Cost and Value
One of the less expensive Nike shoes you can purchase, the LunarGlide is one of their most known series to provide motion control support with some of the same features which have given Nike the trusted name they now have.
11. Salomon XR Mission
This shoe has a rubber shoe which makes it great for running on pavement, dirt, or in the rain.
The top of the shoe features mesh areas so that it is breathable and helps your feet stay cool.
There is a quick lace system which helps you maintain a great fit while you are running.
The outsole features grippers so that you get extra traction during your run or jog.
The footbed is made out of foam to help your arches stay supported so that you feel less pain.
Some reviewers have reported that the shoe slips while you are running which reduces traction.
Other reviewers have mentioned that you need to break these shoes in before they will feel comfortable.
Runners who suffer from bunions will appreciate the feel of this running shoe. It has a foam footbed which helps support the arches of your feet so that your bunions aren't aggravated while you are running. The shoe itself is also flexible so that there is less pressure on your feet which will also reduce pain. It still maintains a snug fit so that you are fully supported while running.Read more
Properly supporting the arches of your feet will help reduce pain from bunions. This shoe has a foam on the footbed so that your arches are fully supported and the impact of running is reduced to help you stay comfortable.
Any runner needs their shoes to fit properly and runners who have bunions need to pay extra attention to the shoe's fit. These shoes have a secure lacing system that helps you fit the shoes properly so that your feet are supported.
Cost and Value
You should plan on paying a price that is average for this brand of running shoe. It gets its value by fully supporting your feet while you are running and stretching to fit around bunions properly to relieve pain.
12. Saucony Omni 12
The shoes feature a PowerGrid midsole foam so that you feel comfortable while you are running.
They have an Arch-Lock which supports your foot arches and helps reduce foot pain from running.
There is a moisture wicking lining on the collar of the shoes to help reduce sweat.
These shoes feature a synthetic sole that is durable and helps the shoes last longer.
There is a support frame on the rearfoot so that your foot and ankles are supported.
Some reviewers have reported that these shoes squeak while you are running or walking in them.
Other reviewers have reported that the shoes feel smaller than what they expected them to be when purchased.
This is another brand of running shoes that will help reduce pain while you are running with bunions. It has an arch-lock feature that makes sure that your arches are fully supported. The midsole foam also reduces the impact that you will feel during your run. The foot support offered by this brand of shoes will help you stay comfortable while you are running and reduce pain from bunions.Read more
People who suffer from bunions understand how important it is for a shoe to have a good orthopedic design. This brand of running shoe helps by supporting your arch and ankles while you are wearing the shoe which reduces pain from bunions.
Since sweat can build up inside of your shoe while you are running, these shoes are made from moisture wicking material. The moisture-wicking fibers help pull sweat from your feet and help you stay cool while you are wearing the shoes.
Cost and Value
You will see these shoes sold at a price that is lower than the average for running shoes. They get their value by featuring a lower cost while maintaining an orthopedic design which helps prevent aggravating bunions while running.
13. Reebok Crossfit Nano
This brand of running shoe features a rubber sole so that you can run on pavement or dirt.
The top of the shoe is made from a variety of kevlar, mesh, and synthetic fabrics.
It uses kevlar material throughout the shoe to help support your foot properly while you are running.
There is a midsole that is made from hard plastic to help support your arches properly.
Your heel is supported with a contoured heel area in the rear of the shoe.
Some reviewers have reported that the shoes rubbed against their ankle bones while they are wearing the shoe.
Other reviewers have reported that the shoes are not true to their reported size.
The CrossFit features an anatomical design so that your feet are properly supported while you are running. Proper support in the feet will help reduce discomfort from bunions so it is important for the shoes to support your feet while you are running or jogging. The shoes also have other features such as a blend of Kevlar, mesh, and synthetic fibers to help wick away moisture and reduce foot sweat.Read more
These shoes are made out of a polyurethane shell which is meant to support your foot during lateral and medial movements as well as heavy lifting. The shell also provides your foot with a soft contact surface for extra comfort.
It is important that your heel is cushioned and supported properly while you are running so that you do not develop pain or discomfort. These shoes offer a contoured heel surface which helps provide your heel with additional support.
Cost and Value
You will see these shoes sold at a price that is higher than the average price for running shoes. The extra thought put into the shoe's engineering and design makes it well worth spending a little extra money on the shoe.
14. Mizuno Wave Rider
The shoes have a sock liner which helps provide you with extra rebound while you are running.
The sole is made from synthetic materials which helps the shoes to last longer when you running in them.
You can purchase these shoes in a W size for additional width which makes them great for bunions.
It is made out of synthetic materials so that you experience better cooling and less moisture.
You can purchase these shoes in eleven different colors and styles to best match them to your clothing.
Some reviewers have found that the shoes are not as durable as they expected.
Other reviewers have mentioned that the size charts are not accurate making it hard to find the right fit.
If you are someone who has severe bunions then you will like these shoes because you can purchase them in a wide fit. The extra width will provide you with extra room so that the shoes do not push against your bunions. You should still make sure that your feet are still properly supported when purchasing the wider shoes but otherwise the extra width can help with reducing pain while running.Read more
This brand of shoes is sold in W sizes for wide. People who have severe bunions may stand to benefit from the extra width because it will provide your feet with extra room while you are running or jogging.
The shoes come with a refined toe-spring which helps you run smoother because the toes will get pushed back into place when you are no longer on them. This helps to reduce pain from bunions by supporting your toes.
Cost and Value
These shoes have a price that is lower than the average for running shoes which makes them into a great value for runners. The price, extra width, and the toe design make these shoes into a great purchase.
15. Altra Torin
These shoes have a contoured footbed which helps keep your arches supported while you are running.
The mesh construction allows these shoes to dry quickly as well as vent heat and moisture.
They have a toe box that is shaped to allow your toes to spread naturally.
It features a rubber sole which is long lasting and reduces impact from running and jogging.
The shoe is lightweight which helps to reduce stress on your feet and ankles during your run.
Some reviewers have reported that the width of the shoes causes your feet to feel hot.
Other reviewers have mentioned that the shoes squeak while you are walking or running.
This is another great shoe for people who have severe bunions because it has a toe box that is shaped like your foot. This provides the runner with additional comfort and less pain than a traditionally fitted running shoe might. People with bunions will stand to benefit from the design of this shoe and should feel less pain and irritation than they would otherwise.Read more
Foot Shaped Toe Box
The shoes have a foot-shaped toe box which provides you with extra width in the toes and helps your toes spread out while you are running. This helps reduce the pressure you feel on the bunions which helps reduce pain.
Quick Dry Mesh
The top and sides of the shoes are made from a mesh material that dries quickly. This helps reduce odor and sweat around your feet by allows the shoes to breathe and remove heat and moisture from sweat.
Cost and Value
You can plan on seeing these shoes sold at a price that is average for running shoes. They get their value by offering a wide toe box which is extremely beneficial to runners who have bunions or other foot conditions.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
It is well known that narrow shoes can increase the pain that you feel from bunions. Narrow shoes push against the bunions and aggravate them. The feeling can be uncomfortable enough while you are walking but it can become excruciating during a job or an intense run. When you are picking out running shoes that will help prevent or relieve pain from bunions, you will need to pay attention to how wide the shoes are. Otherwise, the shoes can end up pushing against your feet and causing pain.
Some running shoes are sold in W sizes which indicates that the size is wider than normal. This can be helpful for people who have bunions because the increased width means that the shoes are less likely to push against your bunions. However, you will need to consider a few other concerns if you are purchasing shoes with a wider width. For one thing, you need to make sure that the shoe isn't too loose for the rest of your foot. Shoes that are too loose will not support the rest of your foot properly. Even worse is that they can end up creating friction on your feet which can lead to other issues.
However, it is quite possible that an extra wide shoe may be a solution for you. After all, the additional width makes the shoeless tight against the joint that connects your big toe. This can reduce the pain that you might otherwise feel from your bunions. Extra width also allows your toes to have additional room inside of the toebox. This will help your toes aligned properly so that you feel less pain while you are running or jogging. You may even find that the extra room in the shoe allows you to wear toe spreaders that will help provide your toes with proper alignment so that you feel less pain from your bunions.
If extra wide shoes are not an option for you, you can always look for shoes that have a wider toe box. The toe box is the area of the shoe where your toes are located. Some shoes are built with a toe box that is narrow. Normally, a narrow toe box helps to protect your toes because they can't move too much while they are inside of the toe box which helps prevent injury to your toes. For people who have bunions, a narrow toe box can end up causing extreme pain because the shoe may be putting pressure on your bunions.
A wider toe box can help reduce the pressure the shoe puts on your toes. It will allow your toes to spread out and move around while you are running which helps relieve pain from bunions. Once again, you may be able to use foot inserts or toe spreaders to help reduce any pain that you may feel from the bunions. You also will not need to worry if the shoe is too wide for the rest of your foot since shoes that have a wider toe box are only wide in a specific area rather than being wide overall. This helps ensure that the shoe will continue to support the rest of your foot while still providing relief for your bunions.
If you have purchased a shoe that almost feels comfortable but not quite, you can also increase the width of the shoe by modifying the shoe. For example, you can remove the sock liner from the shoe which will help provide you with some extra room in the shoe or by wearing an extra thin running sock. Both solutions will increase the internal volume of the shoe and provide additional width. You can also try to slice out some of the toe boxes as another way to get additional width although doing so may cause the shoe to wear out faster than normal.
However, even if the shoes wear out faster than normal the pain relief that people who have bunions may feel may make it worthwhile. Shoes that are too narrow on your feet will increase the amount of pressure that is placed on your bunions. More pressure on your bunions will cause a direct increase in the pain that you may feel in your feet while running. There are a number of ways to relieve bunions pain as it concerns the width of the shoe. You can relieve pain by purchasing shoes that come in a wide size or you can look for shoes that have a wide toe box. You can also try removing the sock lining, wearing thin socks, or cutting the toe box to make it wider.
Anytime you increase the internal width of the shoe, you will relieve pressure on your bunions. This will make running less painful and much more enjoyable. The last thing you want to experience while you are running is foot pain. Foot pain will reduce your performance as a runner and make you not want to run at all. When you purchase shoes, make sure they are wide enough to relieve pain from bunions.
Even people who do not have bunions will benefit from shoes that properly support the arch of the foot. Having properly supported arches can help improve the runner's stability, performance, and this will support recovery after running. Runners who have bunions may also experience less pain from the bunions if the running shoe promotes their arches properly while they are running or jogging. You should always look for shoes that offer the best arch support for your feet. This can mean different things to different people since everyone has slightly different arches.
Foot arches generally fall into three different categories. Some people have flat arches while other people have high arches. Of course, there are people who have regularly sized arches as well. All three people need shoes that support their arches properly so that they can run comfortably. People who have normal arches do not typically need a specialized running shoe to feel good for running. This is because their arches are curved properly and therefore absorb shock the best as opposed to people who have flat feet or people who have high arches.
People who have flat feet tend to need shoes that provide plenty of cushion in the arch of the foot. This is because their arches do not absorb shock from running and your foot will feel the full impact of your feet hitting the ground. Not only will this make the arches of your feet hurt, but if you have bunions, the shock of hitting the ground can aggravate your bunions and make you feel even worse. If you are somebody who has flat arches in your feet, then you should consider purchasing running shoes that have plenty of cushion in the arch area of the shoe. Extra cushion will help absorb shocks and vibrations to your foot that will cause you pain in the arch area and on your bunions.
People who have high arches will feel extra force on the balls of their feet and on their heels. This can be really painful for people who have bunions because of the extra stress on the balls of the foot. Additionally, high arches can lead to other running issues such as a strain on your ankle or shin splints. You may even develop plantar fasciitis or ruptured ligaments. In other words, people who have high arches are at risk for a variety of running-related injuries, many of which can further irritate bunions if they are present.
Fortunately, there are plenty of shoes on the market that helps support a high arch and reduce the chance of an injury. If you are someone who has high arches, then you should be on the lookout for running shoes that have high midsole support. The additional support on the arches will reduce the stress on the ball and heel of your foot by putting more weight on the arch of your foot. You should also look for a pair of shoes that have high tops to help secure your ankle. This will help keep your ankle from rolling while you are running and reduce the chance that you will suffer an ankle sprain.
You will notice a number of positive benefits when the arches of your feet are properly supported. Properly supported foot arches can relieve pain in the foot. This can mean that you are less likely to experience sore feet while you are running as well as after you have finished running. You may also notice less pain in your ankles as well since a properly supported foot arch will reduce the stress placed on the Achilles tendon. Runners may also feel a boost in performance since you will require less energy to run when the arches of your feet are properly cushioned and supported.
If you are someone who suffers from bunions, then arch support is also beneficial to that condition as well. Bunions are caused by a number of different conditions such as hereditary factors. However, it also is known that shoes that are not orthopedically correct can cause bunions as well. Even if your bunions are not caused by your shoes, shoes that do not support your feet properly can make the pain from your bunions feel even worse. Since arch support is a necessary part of making sure that the shoe supports and cushions your feet properly, it stands to reason that proper arch support is an integral part of reducing pain from bunions.
It is also best to be on the lookout for running shoes that properly support the arches of your feet. The arch of your foot is used to absorb the shock your legs feel from running. Some people have flat feet which means that their feet do not absorb shock very well. Other people have high arches which place unnecessary stress on the foot during running or walking. If you are someone who has bunions, these conditions can make the pain from bunions worse. You should always be on the lookout for the proper shoes if you have any of these conditions.
You will see running shoes on the market that have mesh on top and sides of the shoe. Mesh is great for runners who have bunions but it also has benefits that are not related to your bunions that are beneficial as well. Mesh can be a runner's friend when you are trying to reduce the pain that you feel from bunions because it helps conform to the bunions rather than place stress on them. This makes running with bunions less painful and more comfortable then if you were running with a solid shoe that did not have mesh.
Most of the time, pain from bunions is increased by the shoe pressing against the bunions. Many running shoes tend to use mesh in strategic areas to help the shoe breath, but the less mesh the shoe has, the more durable the shoe becomes. This is normally seen as an advantage since you want your shoes to be long lasting and survive many different runs and jogs. Since many people run on pavement and on the trail, less mesh will help the shoes endure the different conditions and environments that you happen to be running in.
The downside for people who have bunions is that shoes that have less mesh do not flex as much as shoes that do have more mesh. The rigidness results in the shoes place pressure on the bunions which can aggravate your pain as opposed to relieving it. In order to reduce the pain that you may feel from your bunions while you are running, you will need to look for running shoes that have a higher degree of flexibility than shoes that are rigid. The extra flexibility will allow the shoe to bend and stretch around your feet and more importantly, your bunions. This should help relieve pain and discomfort because now the shoe isn't placing as much pressure against your bunions. The result will be a happier and less painful run.
Of course, the mesh has benefits to runners that do not involve bunions but are still beneficial to everyone. Many runners sweat while they are running and your shoes can end up trapping moisture and heat. The moisture and heat become the perfect breeding ground for odor causing bacteria and foot fungi. This is why many people experience smelly shoes when they have finished running. In addition to odor, shoes that trap sweat and heat end up feeling uncomfortable because you will start to feel as if your shoes are soaked from the sweat. Additionally, your toes may end up feeling as if they are in an oven while inside of your shoes which can end up becoming a major distraction.
Hot and sweaty running shoes are a prime environment for fungi. Foot fungus should be a concern for any runner because you can end up developing athlete's foot or other similar foot conditions. This will cause your feet to burn and itch and it will require treatment. In many cases, athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter medicine, but nevertheless, who really wants to experience it in the first place. Prevention is often preferable to treatment so it is important that you look for running shoes that reduce the growth of fungus and bacteria.
Which is where mesh running shoes come into play. Since mesh allows for more air to access your feet, you end up getting shoes that breath as opposed to shoes that trap air. The movement of air causes sweat to evaporate from your feet and it also allows heat to escape from the inside of the shoe. Your feet will thank you because they will end up feeling dry and cool as opposed to feeling hot and sweaty. Bacteria and fungus will be less thankful because you remove the conditions that they need to reproduce inside of your shoes. Finally, your nose will be thankful because it will not smell as much foot odor as it would otherwise.
Finding shoes that have plenty of mesh is beneficial to all runners. The mesh provides the shoes with a vent that allows heat and moisture to escape from the inside of the shoe. You will notice that your feet will feel cooler and dryer than what they would otherwise which is a major benefit to having mesh in your running shoes. You are much less likely to develop a bad odor in your shoes as well as foot diseases from bacteria and fungus so breathability matters a lot when it comes to running shoes.
People who have bunions will notice how mesh placed in the proper places in the running shoe will reduce pain from the bunions. This is because more mesh in the shoe allows the shoes to flex more. More flexibility will result in less pressure placed on the bunions resulting in less pain and better comfort. The way a running shoe is constructed can make a difference in the amount of pain that a runner who has bunions will feel. This is why a runner who has bunions should look for shoes that have mesh.
The lack of stability in a running shoe can create pain for any runner, but it can create extra pain for runners who have bunions. The lack of stability in a shoe can lead to injuries such as ankle sprains, arch pain, or pain in the heels. Runners who have bunions may notice their feet slipping against the edge of the shoe which directly puts pressure on the bunions. This can lead to increased pain and discomfort while you are running or jogging with bunions. In order to help reduce injury and pain while you are running, you should make sure that the shoe keeps your foot stable and secure.
You can check the shoe for a number of different properties to make sure that your foot is securely held inside of the shoe. The first thing to check is the lacing system, followed by the height of the shoe. You should also examine the midsole and the heel area of the shoe. The soles of the feet should provide good traction and grip the ground well. The entire shoe should work as a system to make sure that the foot fits snuggly and securely inside of the shoe. All of this will improve stability and help make sure you do not get injured during your run.
How well the shoe is laced will make a large determination as to how stable the shoe fits your foot. You will want to look for running shoes that have strong laces that do not slip or otherwise come undone. If the laces are weak, then they are likely to break during your run which will cause the shoe to come loose. Laces that stretch too much can also become a problem as they will get gradually looser while you are running and jogging. Finally, laces that slip will cause knots to come undone which means you will have to stop and keep tying your shoes. You need to make sure that the shoe has strong laces that do not slip or stretch. If the shoe laces are not up to standard, then you should consider replacing the shoelaces with a more durable kind of shoelaces.
How the shoe is laced is just as important as the shoelace itself. There should be plenty of lace holes or hooks in the shoes to make sure that your running shoes are laced evenly and securely throughout your foot. The more lace hooks and holes there are in the shoe, the tighter fit you can get which is critical for stability. You will also want to make sure that the laces go all of the ways up to your ankle. This will help make sure that the shoe can support your ankle properly so that you are less likely to experience and ankle sprang. The shoelace holes or hooks should be strong and tight so that the shoe laces do not bust out of the shoe. If the lace system has additional features such as velcro strap across the top of the shoe, then you will want to make sure that those features are strong and in good working order.
Once you have made sure that the shoe can be laced tightly, you will want to inspect the cushion of the shoe. The cushion of the shoe is important because it helps reduce the shock and vibrations that your foot will feel while you are running. If your foot is receiving shocks and vibrations during your run, your bunions will receive the shocks and vibrations as well. This can lead to pain and discomfort throughout the entire foot and in your bunions. You will want to make sure that the cushion of the shoe properly supports the arch of your foot and cushions your heel. The heel cushion should be contoured to the shape of your heel so that your heel does not slip around while you are running. You may even want to look for a running shoe that has a narrow heel so that your heel is locked into place during your run or jog. That will help make sure that your heel does not slip or slide around while you are running.
Ankle support also matters because you do not want to end up spraying your ankle during your run. Shoes that have a high collar are better able to support your ankle and prevent your ankle from rolling. It can also lock your ankle and the rest of your foot inside of the shoe which will help reduce pressure on the bunions. Ankle injuries can happen at any time while you are running, but you are more vulnerable to such injuries if you are running offroad where the ground may not be flat or smooth. If you are running on such terrain, then you will want to make sure the shoe supports your ankles properly.
When you are looking for running shoes for bunions, you will want to consider the overall stability of the shoe. The shoe should work as a system to lock your foot into the shoe and keep it from sliding around. If your feet end up sliding around inside of the shoe, you may experience pain on the bunions because they can get forced to the edge of the shoe in unexpected ways. The lack of foot stability can also cause injuries to other areas of your foot including your ankle. The more stable your foot is when it is inside of your shoe, the better you will feel as a runner.
Running and jogging cause your feet to experience shock and vibrations during your run. The shock to your feet can cause pain in plenty of different spots, but runners who have bunions may feel additional pain from shock than what people who do not have bunions may feel. You can reduce the shock to your feet by looking at the soles of the shoe as well as the comfort pad inside of the shoe. Both parts of the shoe work together to reduce the shock that your foot will experience from impact while you are running or jogging. A better quality running shoe will handle shock absorption much better than a lower quality shoe. You will always want to be on the lookout for shoes that have the maximum amount of shock absorption and reduction in foot vibrations.
The soles of the shoe are a great place to start looking to see if the shoe absorbs shock well. You will want to consider the thickness of the heel area of the shoe first when you are examining the shoe. In an ideal world, a thick heel should, in theory, provide you with more shock absorption. However, a thick heel is bad for runners. Higher heels can decrease the stability of the shoe and put more downward pressure on the toes as well. People who suffer from bunions will experience pain from such force, which makes high heeled shoes bad for running. What you want to look for are the materials that the heel of the shoe is made from. For example, some brands of running shoes use rubber for the soles of the feet.
Rubber is a great material because it is known for both its durability and shock absorbing properties. You may find that a shoe will a rubber sole will decrease the amount of shock that you may feel while you are running. However, there are plenty of synthetic materials that are also used to help increase shock absorption in the heel of your foot. For example, many manufacturers use gel in the heel area because gel naturally cools your feet, absorbs shock and vibrations, and it is supportive. It is likely that you see running shoes that are constructed out of a combination of natural rubber, synthetic materials, and gel in order to build a system that fully absorbs shock to your heels while you are running. These are the kinds of shoes that you will want to look for since it will help reduce pain and discomfort in your heel. Above all else, try and avoid running shoes that have a high heel if you have bunions as that will increase pressure on the front of your foot and cause you to experience pain.
The soles of the shoes should also reduce shock to another high impact area of your foot which is the balls of your feet. These are located towards the front of your foot after your arch. Depending on how and where your foot strikes the ground, this area of your foot may end up experiencing shock. People who have high arches will end up feeling more shock in this area of their foot as opposed to people who have natural arches. Since this area of your foot is close to wearing bunions develop, you need to make sure that the shoe has proper shock absorption in this area as well. Once again, you will want to look for materials that absorb shock and vibration. The shoe may have rubber, gel, or another synthetic material that may help with reducing shock. The less shock that you experience to this area of your foot, the better you will feel while you are running.
Proper arch support will also make a difference in how your foot experiences shock while you are running. If you are somebody who has flat feet, then you should favor running shoes that have thicker soles and a thicker cushion inside of the shoe so that you feel less pressure on your midsole. People with high arches should look for a shoe that has high arch support so that less shock falls on the toes and the heels of their feet. The arches of your foot are meant to absorb shock from running so it is important that you make sure that your shoes work with and properly support your foot arches especially if you have abnormal arches.
Some brands of running shoes have shock areas that are targeted to high impact areas of your feet. If you are someone who suffers from bunions, then you may want to consider looking for such shoes. Shoes that provide extra cushion and support to your heels and the balls of your feet will help reduce impact and vibration throughout your entire foot. This will mean less shock and impact to your bunions which will help you feel more comfortable and less pain while you are running. Whenever you are purchasing a shoe for running, you should consider the shock absorbing features of the shoe.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Honestly no matter how comfortable the heel the materials the sole, the single most important thing that is going to help you when it comes to relieving the pain of bunions is a wide toe area so don't skimp on width, the more room that painful bunion has to move around in the shoe the better off your going to be on you runs.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are plenty of causes of bunions but shoes can cause bunions or make bunions worse if you already have bunions. Running shoes that place a lot of pressure on the toes of your feet may cause you to develop bunions so you will want to look for shoes that have a wide toe box and a low heel. Shoes that have a tight toe box and tall heel will put pressure on your toes and can lead to bunions.
Some brands of running shoe place mesh in the area of the shoe where your bunions are likely to develop. Since the mesh is flexible, it allows space for the bunion and therefore relieves pressure. The less pressure the shoes place against the bunion, the less pain you will feel as you are running in the shoes. This is why people who have bunions should look for shoes with this sort of feature in them.
The first lace hold or hook that is nearest to the bunion should remain empty. This will stop the laces of the shoes from pulling the shoe tight against the bunions which will help relieve your foot pain. You can then lace the rest of the shoe normally which will help the shoe lock your foot into place so that it doesn't slip and slide around and cause you additional pain and discomfort while you are running.
There are plenty of foot inserts available on the market that are meant to hold your toes in the proper position while you are running. Such inserts can be highly beneficial for runners who have bunions because it will align your toes properly. If you plan on wearing such inserts while you are running, you will want to look for running shoes that provide you with enough room in the toe box so that you can use these inserts.
You can reduce your pain from bunions by trying a few different things. For one thing, look for wide shoes or shoes that are specifically made for people who have bunions. You may also want to wear thin running socks since thinner socks will provide your foot with more room inside of the shoe which can reduce bunion pain. Another thing to try is using shoe inserts for the bottom of your feet and toe spreaders.
A good place to start with a shoe recommendation would be from either your podiatrist or your primary care physician. They will be able to evaluate the condition your foot is in and give you a better understanding of what type of shoe you should be looking shoe. Usually, a quality shoe store will be able to sit down with you and properly measure the size shoe you should be buying.