(Closed) Does anyone other than myself have bunions?

posted 6 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

YES. and mine are huge. It took me two malls and about 40 stores before I found my shoes, but honestly – they still hurt. Just less than others. I’ve decided to get two pairs, the first to suffer through for photos and ceremony as long as possible, and a pair of flats for everything else! haah.

If you get lucky enough to find something at Payless, I would try, because they offer shoes in wide format as well as regular, although I tend to find their stuff a little plain.

Stay away from Nine west – Although gorgeous, every shoe I tried on in their store was made for slender feet only.  Steve maddens are sometimes okay though… maybe you’ll have some luck there?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have bunionettes and I find that after a lot of trial and error I can usually find shoes that I love that are comfy. Because of them though I was looking for smaller heels, come to find out that I found a pair of 3″ heels that were quite comfy. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a bunion, also on my right foot. I find it hard to find comfortable shoes, I won’t lie. So thankfully I’m in Canada so I can wear cute boots for a large portion of the year. But when I have to wear dress shoes I get nervous because it’s so hard to find shoes that don’t cut across my bunion. Some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever found were from Payless, believe it or not. But lately their things have been hit and miss style wise. You might want to try Zappos.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

Yes. As we speak mine is iving me terrible gyp. I have a hot water bottle on it, placating it but the pain is so great it is making me feel ill. I bought some 2 inch heels in a WIDE fit (it’s good to go to plus size shops for pretty wide fit shoes) that accomodate the bunion muffin-top as well as not crippling you. I, however, as unclassy and stupid as it sounds think I am goign to cope with the pain unti llater when I can change my pretty shoes and also ensure I drink enough to not feel the pain. I will be in agony the day after though ๐Ÿ™

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

p.s. I got a pair of wide fit shoes from the bigger lady section in a local well known shop (I am in the UK – it is Marks and Spencers) and then strassed them with modpodge and glitter. That way I get a pair of shoes I love and also wont make me cry (too much). It also works with old shoes – I strassed my bridesmaids (also awkward as she is a UK size 11) old shoes and they look fab!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@WYAtocha:  I have bunions and can’t even fit into any dressy shoes. It makes job interviews and formal wearing events difficult. I had bunion surgery on my worse bunion a year ago and it was the worst decision of my life. the bunion has not been reduced and it is more painful now. I also couldn’t walk for a long time after the surgery and gained a lot of weight. Ugh! I’ve noticed Payless sells wide width.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Mine are awful. They’re genetic. My toes overlap, and I can only wear shoes from one high street store, which does width and a half fittings (I take a width and a half or a double width fitting in a shoe size up… ie, I’m a 4, but I take a 5 or a 5.5 for the width).I recommend Irregular Choice… they’re the only brand which fits me.

Because my feet are so deformed, they’re affecting my gait, which is also impacting on my knees and hips, and is probably one of the causes of the damage to my knees and the rest of my skeleton. I keep going back and asking if I can have them operated on, but they keep saying no. This was why I was advised to try to get down as close as I could to 100lb, to take the stress off my skeleton (because actually operating on my feet would have been too easy, presumably).

I’m going to make another appointment now though, because on Saturday then I was at the gym and I popped the metatarsal on my right foot. My whole right leg is properly ****** now… I’m struggling to drive, and I can’t walk properly. With any luck, they’ll finally OK me for the op, and I’ll have some metal plates put in to hold my foot together properly. With a bit more luck, that’ll help with the rest of my health problems as well…

EDIT: A bit off topic, but can anyone who has had the op advise, please? I’ve been told that mine will get progressively worse, and that I will eventually need to have plates inserted on both sides of both feet. However, for some reason, they’re delaying it. I find it frustrating, because if my knees don’t improve then I may need plates inserted into at least one of them, in order to hold it together. I’d really like to at least try and have my feet done to see if my gait improves, and my knees get better, because I’d really rather not have plates put in my knees if I could help it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

@WYAtocha

 

They so DO suck!!! I have mine because I have one leg longer than the other (my right leg, the bunion side). The body automatically tries to correct this, meaning I ‘roll-in’ on my right side and it has, over time, created a bunion. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with it and told I would need it correcting within 10 years. I am now 28 (nearly 29) and I have still not had it done. Luckily I am in the UK so paying for it is not a problem (takign the time off is though!). I went and saw a specialist a year or so ago who wanted to go at it as soon as poss but the waiting list here is upwrds of 10 months (by which pouint I was back at uni – so unable to have the op). Sometimes the op wont work and makes you even worse and you may need to take up to 9 MONTHS off work …. so yeah, it’s not an option and it’s an incredibly horrible op and each person is different so it is not even a standard op if that makes sense. Mine, lately has been SO painful. I think it knows it has to be put in pretty shoes for my friends wedding in a month and it is kicking up a fuss. I personify my bunion coz it is a huge buggar and is like a seperate entity. It punishes me if Ive been on my feet too long, it punishes me if I wear heel and it punsihes me in the cold or damp. And sometimes, it just is mean and punishes me for no reason lol. I hate it. I hate having to buy specialist shoes from shops that are 10 times the price and the shoes are called things like ‘nancy’ or ‘edith’.

 

@Rachel631 I love irregular choice! One of the few ones I can wear too. Have you tried Evans or other ‘plus size’ shops. They sometimes work for me too as the sometimes go up to EEE fitting. I can also sometimes fit some styles in M and S wide fitting. That’s it. I have like 3 pairs of shoes, many of which are about a gazzillion years old. TUK cat shoes fit as well (but I seriously have to wear them in for about a month beforehand).It is funny that they wont get you the op they are obsessed with giving me mine, though yours seems for different reasons to mine. I am glad they never told me to get to 100 lbs, have you managed that? :0 My gaits screwed as well and coz of me long leg I have associated knee and hip and lower back pain. I think it depends on where in the UK you live. I had to wrestle them off doing it for me in Wales…

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@mecattacow:  I’ve never tried Evans before, although New Look now do an extra wide range which I discovered last week. They actually fit!

“I am glad they never told me to get to 100 lbs” I am not 100lb! Not even close. What happened was that I went in when I was a lot heavier to have my knees looked at, and the doctor was very honest and told me that a lot of my problems would disappear if I lost 3st, because my weight was damaging my joints. I made a few gasping noises, but to be honest I knew I was overweight. I’ve always been heavy for my size, if that makes sense, but even though I was only a UK 10, I weighed almost as much as my Fiance. Anyway, I asked what the ideal weight would be for me, and I was told to aim for as low as possible… a BMI of around 19 would be ideal. Then the height/weight/longevity table came out, and 100 was the ultimate aim… although there was a recognition that I would never be able to achieve it. Probably 112 or thereabouts is a more realistic target for me.

I don’t know why they didn’t want to do my feet… I’m just outside London, and FI’s sister had hers done just inside London… they were keen to do hers, but not mine. They said they wouldn’t do them unless I was in pain, which I wasn’t until I ****** my foot up at the weekend. So now I guess we’ll have to see!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

@Rachel631

 

Yeah when I was at uni (2nd year I think!) I got told that I could do with losing weight. At that point I was at my thinnest (like 9.5 stone at 5 foor 7). I am now waaaaay heavier than that (I don’t even want to think about how chubby I’ve got since uni!) but in truth, my knees are much better (apart from random flare ups). Since 1st year at uni they have been despirate to chop up my foot but I have always declined (they almost forced me into it 2 years past, in Cardiff). Thing is, I’ve never been at a point where I can have a major op. Uni or masters or PGCE or now work have all got in the way. Plus I am sheeet-scared that it will muck up worse. I know the type of op I need (and I think all bunion ops are different) has not a high success rate. I was told that it is better to have keyhole but it works best on people over 50 (only 21 years to go!).

 

Do you have any other joint problems? I have a ganglion and tendonitis on my right wrist (right side is my weak side! It;s where I get tonsilitis and wisdom tooth infections lol).

 

NewLook have pretty shoes! ๐Ÿ™‚ Alas! I can no longer fit them. My bunion is a great big minger. Marks and Spencers wide fit are a bit wider. I can do New Look flats but not the heels.

Maybe go and push the issue? Or have you tried that? What about crying and sayign it’s runining your life. Sounds extreme but mine is sometimes so sore I cannot walk on it without crying, and -let’s face it – I get serious shoe envy. It can and does affect quality of life. I mean – I am actually talking about juggling enough alcoholto cope with heels on my wedding day! Surely thats not right?! ;p

 

Good luck with the bunny!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

oh and p.s I hope your foot will be ok? I found putting ice rather than heat (which I always want when I hurt myself) better. Not nice in this weather ๐Ÿ™

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I have them and I hate them especially on my right foot.  My right foot is bigger anyway so it makes shopping for shoes a nightmare!  It takes forever to find anything comfortable which is why I intend to start looking for my wedding shoes now.  I shall get the shoes then base the dress around it lol!

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