Dress Shoes for Big Toe Bumps (Hallux Rigidus)
The bump at the base of your big toe isn’t a bunion–those go on the side. It’s most likely a symptom of hallux rigidus (an arthritis condition of the big toe joint). Podiatrists and orthopedists recommend a stiff-sole or rocker bottom shoe like Dansko clogs or MBT footwear, and even custom orthotics to reduce the movement of the big toe joint. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find something with those characteristics that classifies as a dress shoe. I’d recommend a low-heeled shoe with a stretch upper that won’t push annoyingly on painful spot at the base of your big toe. I’d also recommend the following shoes for those with bunions or neuropathy–when seams and hard leather irritate your feet.