Surprisingly, wearing the correct socks can help a lot in reducing bunion pain. Socks help in two ways. First by reducing friction on the bunion and second by providing cushion.
Although cotton is the most popular sock material, it is not a good choice for people with bunions. Cotton socks have a high “coefficieint of friction” – meaning they are rough and can irriate the already damaged skin over the bunion. In addition, cotton provides no cushion.
The best socks for bunions have three features:
1. Low friction
2. No seams over the bunion (look for a “channeled seam” or “seamless”)
3. Provide cushion throughout the day to protect the bunion from the shoe
There are a number of socks on the market that provide these features. Most are made of acrylic materials. We have reviewed many socks and one of our favorites is the Juzo Silver Sole Socks.
We previously have discussed the best prefabricated orthotics for bunions. This week you found the best socks for bunions. These are the two items you need to ensure correct fit when you are trying on shoes. So next week we’ll start looking at the best shoes for bunions.