Juvenile Bunions vs. Football Cleats

by | Sep 20, 2016

It’s football season, and you can’t get off to much better a start than our own Ladera Ranch Diablos! If you have teens gearing up to hit the gridiron, it’s important to make sure they start off with cleats that fit so foot pain never enters the game. Because these specialty sports shoes are often snug, those with juvenile bunions might have a harder time finding options that accommodate their bony bump, but huddle up—football cleats and bunions don’t have to be rivals! We’ve got tips for choosing the best shoes for bunions right here:

  • Look for a large toe box that is deep enough and wide enough to allow toes plenty of room to wiggle, yet still has just a thumb’s width between the front of the shoe and the longest toe. Many times you can find whatever size you normally wear, then ask if it comes in a wider version. Side note: always measure your teen’s feet before buying shoes as size may still change even after he or she stops growing.
  • Like the pigskin, cleats made of leather are best. They will provide more give and consequently will place less pressure on the bunion. Bonus: Leather is a breathable material so it helps to prevent feet from getting too sweaty and keep fungus on the sidelines where it belongs!
  • It’s also a good idea to choose a style of cleats with removable insoles that can be replaced with orthotics. These provide cushion and evenly distribute weight to take pressure away from the affected area.

As you see, football cleats and bunions can team up together victoriously! You just need to know what to look for, so you can bench bunion pain and keep feet feeling great.

For other tips on tackling juvenile bunions, or if you need help with a football injury, just call our Ladera Ranch, CA office at (949) 364-9255 (WALK). You can also reach out to us with questions by using our online contact form.