Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of shoes for women with removed toenails.
Did you have a full or partial removal of your damaged toenail? Whether you had your toenail removed to stop an infection, decrease ingrown nail pain, or help your nail heal from a traumatic injury, you need to consider the next steps once you are done with the procedure.
Your medical professional will likely instruct you to reduce activity and rest your foot. It’s important that you avoid bumping your toe or putting a lot of pressure on it.
You can probably benefit from wearing open-toed shoes to prevent putting any pressure on your toe. However, if you must wear closed shoes, you need to make sure that they don’t put any pressure on your toe.
My Experience Helping Women Find the Correct Types of Shoes for their Feet
As you may already know, I have been fitting women’s shoes for the last 10 years. I work for a specialized shoe store that helps women with “complicated” foot shapes and foot conditions find the correct pair of shoes for their feet. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for women with ingrown toenails or women who had their toenails removed.
Can you Wear Shoes After Having a Toenail Removed?
Most medical professionals recommend that women wear loose-fitting shoes such as sandals for the first 2 weeks after the procedure.
After you have your toenail removed, your toe might become more sensitive and vulnerable to sores or calluses. This is why it’s so important that the shoes don’t put any pressure on your toes.
Most Common Mistakes Women Make When Buying Shoes
Most women end up buying bigger shoes to prevent their toes from rubbing against the front part of the shoes. I have seen women try their shoes half size and then a half size bigger until they don’t feel any pressure on their toe, but buying bigger shoes is not the answer. Wearing shoes that are too big might lead to your feet moving too much inside the shoes, which might also make your toes rub against the front part of the shoes.
Instead of buying bigger shoes, look for shoes that are deeper, wider, and available in wide widths (“W”, “EE”, “EEEE”).
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Women with Removed Toenails?
The shoes that I recommend provide 2 key features that help prevent your toe from rubbing against the front or side part of the shoes:
✅ Extra Depth: Your shoes must be deep to allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top of your toes to rub against the top part of the shoes. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth and one that doesn’t. Do you notice how the shoe on the right is a lot deeper compared to the shoe on the left?
✅ Round Toe-Boxes: This feature helps prevent your big toe from rubbing against the side of the shoes or the other toes from rubbing against each other. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a rounder toe-box compared to the shoe on the left?
Do You Know Your Exact Foot Length and Shape?
Your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss. Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
As we age, the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back. This means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes.
This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more. You might also experience a change in foot width, meaning that even though you always ordered medium width shoes now you might have to start ordering wider shoes.
How to Retrieve Your Exact Foot Length and Shape
Buying shoes online can be a challenge. If you are unsure of your current foot shape or foot length, I suggest that you take a look at a different resource I created where I help women determine their exact foot shape from home. This is a free service:
Now that you know how to retrieve your exact foot shape and length and what features your shoes must provide, you can find a list of the best shoes for women with removed toenails. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Best Shoes for Women with Removed Toenails ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
All of the shoes that I recommend below are available in wide and extra wide widths, so make sure that you choose your shoe width accordingly. Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out whether that specific style is available in wide or extra wide widths.
What Shoe Size to Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
If you are looking for a different shoe or if you have any other questions you can email me at:
Seamless Socks for Women with Removed Toenails
As far as socks are concerned, I suggest looking for socks that are 100% seamless to increase comfort. You will find that most socks have seams right across the toes that can constrict toe movement and make your toes rub against each other. Below you can find a selection of the best seamless socks for women with ingrown toenails:
Monitor your toe every day and watch for signs of infection and for symptoms such as pus, redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, or increasing heat.
Let me know in the comment section below if you have found a specific shoe style that worked well for your feet after having your toenail removed. I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.