Bunions Don’t Need to Slow You Down
The Richardson, TX store RunOn! graciously hosted us for an “Ask the Expert” event on April 10. With the spring running season upon us, they know that now is the time to have your questions answered about how running and your feet affect each other. We had a great time offering complimentary gait analyses and holding the drawing for a free pair of custom orthotics. Many people are curious about being able to run when they experience bunion pain, so today we are going to tackle this issue for you.
Bunions are toe deformities that occur when then the big toe becomes out of alignment and a bump develops on the outside edge of the foot as the toe turns inward. The resulting protrusion can become easily irritated, especially with pressure and friction. Repetitive pressure from running leads to additional bunion pain, but we have some running tips that can help:
- Start your search for relief with footwear. If your running shoes do not have a wide toe box, try switching to a pair that does. This will keep pressure off of the protrusion.
- If your bunion is not particularly prominent, padding can prevent a painful situation. Need help with this? Just contact our office and we will be happy to assist.
- You may stand to benefit from custom-made orthotics. Our office can measure your feet, analyze your gait, and create ones that work for you.
- Proper taping of your foot might help the condition and we can provide instructions on how to do so.
- Incorporate low-impact exercises into your training by replacing some of your running with swimming, yoga, or bicycling. Yoga, in particular, can help if you have been altering your gait to accommodate the painful condition.
Whether you need treatment for a painful bunion or simply have questions about how it affects your ability to perform physical activity, Dallas Podiatry Works is here for you! We have the skilled, expert staff to handle any foot or ankle condition that causes you pain or impairs your ability to do the things you love. Simply call us toll free at (888) 716-5283 or use our online request form to schedule an appointment today at either our Dallas or Plano, TX locations.
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