Wide Socks Needed for Wide Feet or Bunions

Wide Feet and Ankles Need Wide Socks

Wright Sock Extra Wide Double Layer Crew Sock
Wright Sock Extra Wide Double Layer Crew Sock. Courtesy of Amazon

If you need extra-wide shoes you may also need extra-wide socks. This is especially true if you have a bunion, and the pressure from tight socks can give you bunion pain. Or you may be prone to getting swollen ankles or simply have wider ankles and calves and find many socks are too tight on your ankle or calf.

Ten years ago I almost quit walking due to the constant bunion pain. But I switched to shoe designs with a wider toe box to relieve pressure on the bunion.

Then I discovered that it wasn't just the shoes, it was the socks, too! Tight socks were drawing my toes together and putting pressure on the bunion. I've been on a journey ever since to find socks that work.

  • Good Socks for Blisters can be Bad Socks for Bunions: To help prevent friction that can cause blisters, well-designed socks are anatomically contoured, with a heel cup, toe box, and ribbing in between. This keeps helps keep the sock in place during walking. But inevitably, that ribbing ends up rubbing my bunion and I have pain within minutes of wearing such socks.
  • Bigger Socks are Not the Answer: I've been buying large and even XL socks to try to find ones that are not too narrow or constricting. But they often are too long, and the extra fabric can bunch around the toes and heel, leading to friction and blisters.
  • Sock Shrinkage Sucks: My biggest woe has been shrinkage. I will spend big bucks on good socks that are a little large when I first wear them, and they come out of the dryer suitable only for Papa Smurf to wear, even with cold water wash! I've been feeling completely defeated by this repeated experience, such as with Feetures socks.

    Where to Find Wide Socks

    • Wrightsock makes excellent sport socks for walkers and runners. They have a double-layer design to prevent blisters and are made of sweat-wicking fabric. Their Double-Layer Xtra Wide Crew sock has a tube design without a defined heel pocket. Without elastic in the foot area, they won't bind bunions and cause pain. They have no elastic at the cuff, so they won't bind wide ankles. The drawback is that the socks may bunch up in the shoe as there isn't anything to keep them in place.
    • The Extra Wide Sock Company makes extra-wide socks, especially for people with wide feet and wide ankles and calves. Unfortunately, their designs are all mostly-cotton, which is not best for fitness walking.
    • PediFix Seamless Oversized Socks: These socks get great reviews for those who have larger ankles or are prone to getting swollen ankles. They are seamless and made of anti-microbial fabric. They are wide enough at the ankle for those who need the extra room, and available for both men and women.
    • Dr. Scholls has extra-wide crew socks, available in black and in white. They are made of polyester, nylon and spandex and would be suitable for use as walking socks.
    • FootSmart has diabetic extra-roomy socks made of acrylic, which would be better for fitness walking. They are designed with a super-stretch top for calves up to 23 inches in circumference.

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