Snorkeling Fins For Feet With Bunions?

by Nancy W.
(Silver City, NM)

Any suggestions for snorkeling fins for my feet with bunions? Or any other way around my bunion/fin problem, maybe lighter weight open foot fins?

We bought the Sea Lion fins, and Dee's are working out fine, because he has regular shaped feet. However, we've been trying to modify mine with chisels and scalpels and so far it's not working out so good. I'm thinking I need to go with the open foot kind with booties.

I really like your website. It's part of the reason Dee and I decided to take our first trip to the Big Island (and to use your guide of where to snorkel there). We'll be camping (out of a van) there for 28 days beginning May 15. Activity-wise, snorkeling is #1 on our list, though neither of us has done a whole lot of it, yet.

Thanks for inspiring me.

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Apr 26, 2011
Best Fins For Bunions
by: Galen & Nicole

Hi Nancy. You are probably right in thinking that you may need to go to an open foot fin and wear a padded bootie. Because those Sea Lion fins are some of the most flexible closed foot fins on the market. Nicole has a small bunion and just had to deal with the same issue and basically could find nothing better in a closed fin. Find out more about fin options.

We think your best bet would be buying from a store where you can try many options on to see what works best. You may wish to wait until you are in Hawaii to do that if you don't have a good shop where you live.

P.S. We hope you like using our Big Island Snorkeling Guide eBook. Have a great trip!

Apr 28, 2011
Wear A Thin Lycra Sock For Bunions
by: Marvin Bernstein

I developed a bunion right behind my left little toe where the bone seems to be. I did it by wearing flip flops for 3 months everyday.

I scuba and snorkel. When I put on my ocean fins I noticed pain at the bunion. I asked around and found out that by wearing a thin lycra sock that can be purchased in most dive shops and wearing it in my closed fins that I had no pain. I suggest you try this in a pool before going out into the ocean. Everyone's feet are different. Good luck.

Apr 23, 2013
Foot attached to a bunion
by: Errol

Hi Nancy - my bunion is such that it's more of a foot attached to a bunion rather than the other way, and boy did it cause me gip with flippers.

I tried bigger and tried socks and they all ended up in loose rubbing fins that inflamed the bunion and caused blisters.

The solution for me is very simple. Normal closed foot fin, with open toe - not a strap at the back! Fin size the same as without the bunion so it's a tight fit - I mean tight. The fin must, must have soft elastic rubber over the top of the foot rather than the traditional rubber which is pretty inflexible.

Very simple but works an absolute treat.

Good luck.

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