woman running in fallAs a seasoned runner you may wonder whether it's a good idea to continue participating in the sport you love if you have bunions. Although you'd like to keep running to stay healthy and fit you wonder if it's making your bunions worse.

Fortunately there are five things you can do to ease the pain of running with bunions

1. Shoes

Tight shoes often cause bunions to form if you're already predisposed to having them. It's important to shop at a shoe store that specializes in fitting runners.  Check out my previous blog "How to Buy the Best Running Shoes" to ensure that you're getting proper support. You may need to purchase a wider shoe to accommodate your bunions.

2. Altering Your Shoes

Although I don't typically recommend it, you can mark an X on your shoes where your bunions push out and make an incision to ease the pressure and pain.

3. Splints

Splints for nighttime wear can help the toes and joints align properly. This is most often recommended for adolescents runners with bunions because their bone development may still be adaptable.

4. Orthotics

If you're a runner with moderate bunion pain, your best chance of lessening the pain are by wearing custom orthotics. Orthotics will prevent you from pronating when you run, will improve your foot mechanics, and take the pressure off your bunions. They will also help slow bunion progression.

Our office has been fitting patients with custom orthotics for bunion pain for over 40 years. Make an appointment today to help ease your bunion pain.

5. Surgery

Surgery is often a last resort for patients who have painful bunions. When the pain gets so severe that even walking is problematic, bunion surgery is usually be the best way to resolve it.

Need Relief from Bunion Pain in Seattle, Washington? Request an Appointment Now

Don't let bunion cause you to miss out on the activities you enjoy. Complete the contact form on this page or call our office, the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, at 206-368-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rion Berg.

Most new patients are seen within 1-2 week's time. During your initial visit, Dr. Berg will spend up to 30 minutes getting to know you, your podiatry complaints, and your goals so that he can recommend the treatment best meets your needs. Don’t wait—contact us today.

North Seattle Foot & Ankle Specialist Dr. Rion Berg offers compassionate podiatry care for all foot and ankle problems to those living in Seattle Washington and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an immediate appointment or request an appointment online.


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