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Hoka Shoes for Bunions

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Posted 3 months ago


by James McCormack

Bunions cause a change in the shape of the forefoot, the big toe starts to point inwards, and therefore the knuckle of the joint starts to protrude. Medically bunions are known as Hallux Valgus. Bunions can be pain-free, but it is a painful condition for many. Pain can come directly from the change in shape and the poor movement of the joint but can also come from tight-fitting shoes rubbing and compressing the forefoot. Finding the right Hoka shoes that fit well can reduce bunion pain, so in this article, we have reviewed the best Hoka shoes for bunions. 

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist specialising in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Earnings from this are used to create free-to-read content without affecting the price of the shoes we recommend.

Best Hoka Shoes for Bunions

The best Hoka shoes for bunions will have a wide toe box, soft and thick cushioning and appropriate arch support. With our extensive experience, our recommendations for the best Hoka shoe for bunions are the Hoka Clifton 9 for mild bunions, Hoka Bondi 8 for moderate bunions and the Hoka Gaviota 4 for severe bunions. 

Best Hoka Shoe for Mild Bunions

We recommend the Hoka Clifton 9 for mild bunions.

They are a neutral shoe with balanced cushioning so they have a soft but responsive feel to each stride.

They also come in normal and wide sizes to ensure you can find the right-fitting shoe with plenty of space in the toe box.

The low heel-to-toe drop of 5mm keeps weight off the forefoot and more evenly distributed.

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Best Hoka Shoe for Moderate Bunions

We recommend the Hoka Bondi 8 for moderate bunions. 

Hoka offers the Bondi 8 in a normal or wide size so you will be able to find the right size that gives you ample width in the toe box.

It is a low drop shoe with only 4mm difference between heel and toe, keeping body weight evenly distributed over the whole foot and avoiding extra pressure on the forefoot and big toe.

The Bondi 8 is a plush cushioned shoe so will provide a comfortable feel with every stride.

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Best Hoka Shoe for Severe Bunions

We recommend the Hoka Gaviota 4 shoes for severe bunions.

These are a low drop shoe with 5mm heel-to-toe drop, this keeps the weight off the forefoot.

They are available in normal and wide fit so you will be able to find a size that provides you with ample space in the toe box.

The Gaviota 4 offer plush cushioning but are designed to offer stability and prevent an inward roll, this also keeps excess weight off the big toe and supports the arch.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.

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