The Best Running Shoes for Bunions

The Best Running Shoes for Bunions
Bunions are structural deformities in your feet. More specifically a bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue at the base of your big toe where it meets the rest of your foot. Bunions can be very painful. Sometimes the pain can be so severe the sufferer needs surgery to take care of the bunion. Since there is no perfect brand of shoe, here is what to look for in a running shoe if you have bunions.


The ideal for most people is comfort. They want their bunion to feel better so they will seek a shoe that will be more comfortable with the shoe. Shoes having mesh as their basic make up tend to be more comfortable for a bunion. Gel inserts are a great way to give added comfort to your foot when you have bunions. Aetrex shoes are great for comfort.


One of the keys to lessen pain in a bunion is to lessen the pressure on it. If your foot is not stable inside of your shoe, the bunion will feel more pressure and consequently it will hurt more. One way to give your shoes some help in this area is with inserts that give stability to the entire foot. Stability, however, does not equal overtightness. This will just put more pressure on the foot. Ariel brand shoes are great for stability.


At the same time as being stable, your shoe must be flexible. This will help in a case of the bunion getting worse somehow and you as the runner needing to flex your foot more to compensate. Gel inserts give the flexibility you need as well as the comfort you desire. Skip the first eyelet hole of your shoes to aid in the flexibility. No specific brand is noted, but many brands that support other problems related to bunions will be more flexible.

Pronation Control

Pronation is when the heel of the foot is turned inward and the arch of your foot tends to collapse. Some shoes are made specifically to help the arch in your foot and keep it stable and in so doing alleviate the pressure on the bunion. Brooks Adrenalin are said to be great for pronation control.


Just as important as stability is support. The area with the bunion will need support so it does not have as much pressure put on it as you stand. More importantly it will need the support so as not to hit the ground as hard when you run. Ariel shoes are great for supporting your feet.

Article Written By Heather Broeker

Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.

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