If you have bunions, you know the pain at the base of your big toe can be impossible to ignore. Wearing shoes that are even just the slightest bit too tight or made from a stiff material can be enough to cause total agony.
Bunions can be brought on by a variety of factors, including genetics, inflammatory joint diseases, foot injuries, and arthritis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, bunions form when the bone or tissue at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Abnormal movements and heavy pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the other toes, causing a lump to develop on the joint. Wearing shoes that irritate bunions won’t just make them hurt more, but they can also cause other problems, including blisters and bursitis.