When it comes to bunion formation and the often painful symptoms that accompany a bunion, many bunion sufferers fail to realize how big of an impact socks can have. If you suffer from bunions or bunionettes, selecting the right socks can make a world of difference when it comes to comfort, preventing further aggravation of the already irritated bunion, as well as possibly preventing the bunion itself from worsening.
Bunion balms, essential oils for bunions, Bunion Booties and even bunionette correctors can also help bring an immense amount of relief. These non-surgical bunion care devices can reduce symptoms, discomfort and pain associated with the condition without the patient having to undergo invasive surgery.
Sock Attributes for Comfort & To Slow Bunion Formation
When it comes to non-surgical bunion treatments, specialty socks can be a wonderful asset, providing a range of benefits, which include:
- Cushioning: Looking for socks that provide more cushioning over the bunion can help protect it from the shoe and external impact. This especially applies to athletes that find themselves pressing the bunion into their shoe such as soccer, tennis, softball and other sports that require sudden stops or impact to the bunion area.
- Friction Reduction: Certain materials (i.e. cotton) actually produce more friction than others, so select socks that are made from materials that will not increase friction such as spandex, nylon, and elastique.
- Moisture Wicking: Along with materials that reduce friction, it is recommended to wear socks that can wick moisture away from the foot. Good examples are Merino wool, which is also naturally anti-bacterial and polyester or nylon for it’s quick drying properties.
- Toe Straightening: Highly specialized socks can actually provide built-in toe straightening. This can both reduce the tension of the big toe, and also help the wearer maintain proper toe alignment without negatively impacting their natural gait. These socks tend to be a little more expensive but they can be worth it for patients who would like to slow down their bunion formation.
- Seamless Closures: Some socks can have an irritating toe seam, actually making discomfort worse for the patient. Socks with seamless hand linked toe closures are preferred.
Pairing ultra thin toe straightening socks under a good quality moisture wicking athletic sock can provide the ultimate in both comfort and help slow bunion formation or progression.
Natural Bunion Care Options
Along with correctors for bunions and bunionettes, balms and essential oils for bunions can also help care for angry bunions. These products can be applied to the area to reduce the pain often associated with bunion formation.