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All About Feet for Runners: Bunions

Bunions can be very annoying for runners. Whether it is pain, blisters, odd looking toes or a combo it's important to determine what might be lending to this dysfunction and if it's treatable with a conservative method. 

If the angle is not severe, gentle stretching of the toe is advised within patient tolerance. We want to stretch the adductor muscle by gently taking the toe towards the midline or away from the other toes. Also, working on overall toe control with toe yoga can be beneficial. 

Typically if we are considering a movement dysfunction leading to this condition, it is beneficial to look at hip strength and ankle mobility as deficits here can lend to increased pronation and added stress on the great toe. 

Footwear is another external factor that can be discussed. One thing to consider is the toe box: size and shape. 

If the angle is severe and the toe pain is great, seeing an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in feet would be my recommendation. Surgery for this condition has come a long way over the last 10-15 years. 

Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only

and is not intended to be a substitute for

professional medical advice, diagnosis or

treatment. If you are having pain please contact

a healthcare professional before attempting

any of the above exercises or self treating.