Running with Bunions

Running with Bunions

Let’s face it, bulging big toe joints don’t make good running partners. In fact, they can sometimes get in the way of your training and cause you discomfort after a run. If you’re planning on participating in Round Rock’s annual Lake Forest Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, you might be concerned that your bunion will stop you from crossing the line or enjoying your turkey dinner later that day. Well, not to worry -- if you’re stuck running with bunions, you’ll appreciate these tips to help ease the pain!

  • Tape your toe to its neighbor or use a spacer or splint to keep it in proper position.
  • Use pads to add a layer of cushion and protection between the bony bump and your running shoe.
  • Speaking of shoes, make sure yours are wide enough to allow your toes room enough to lay flat and not get squished together.
  • Try orthotics in your shoes. These can be customized to fit your unique foot and address your individual needs – like redistributing pressure away from a bunion.
  • Stretches can help as well, such as pulling your big toe into proper alignment and holding it there for a few seconds, then repeating 10 times.
  • Icing the area and a helping of anti-inflammatory medication before dinner can keep you comfortable through dessert and beyond!

If you’re grateful for these tips, feel free to contact us for more! You can reach our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX office by dialing (512) 593-2949. Have a happy (and pain-free) Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 15, 2016 .