Can Wearing the Correct Socks Help with Bunion Pain?

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Surprisingly, wearing the correct socks can help a lot in reducing bunion pain.  For a complete plan to eliminate bunion pain see our Guide to Bunion Treatment and our Guide to Home Treatment of Bunions.

Socks can help those of you with bunions in several ways:

  • Providing cushion: Some socks provide more cushioning over the bunion to protect it from the shoe.
  • Reducing friction: Some socks are made of materials that have less friction than others.
  • Straightening the big toe: A few socks even have a built-in toe straightener.

Avoid Cotton Socks if you have Bunions

Although cotton is the most popular sock material, it is not a good choice for people with bunions.  Cotton socks have a high “coefficient of friction” – meaning they are rough and can irritate the already damaged skin over the bunion.  In addition, cotton provides no cushion.

Please call Dr. Sherman Nagler, Houston’s Foot Doc with any foot pain you may have.

Call Nagler Foot Center for any questions about your footwear. 713.529.1010