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Running with Bunions Is Possible

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Sometimes the fun of running is hitting the trail with like-minded people. Even if you don’t run with someone by your side, having companions who encourage you in the sport can be very helpful. That’s why organizations like the New Orleans Track Club exist. If you’re looking for a group that can help you grow as a runner, this club is a great place to start. If you’re running with bunions, though, you may wonder if anyone can help your pain.

Bunions are a bulge at the base of your big toe that can rub uncomfortably against your sneakers and make using that main joint difficult, especially the worse the problem becomes.

However, you don’t have to choose between suffering every run and giving up your activity. You can take steps to minimize or eliminate the pain and keep up with your training.

Most likely, you will need to make adjustments to your footwear. Make sure your running shoes are wide enough to accommodate a bump on the side of your foot. If you continue to have problems with friction, try moleskin pads or something similar to protect the joint. Make sure your shoes have the right kind of arch and heel support. Overpronation can contribute to bunions, so footwear or orthotics that help control this may benefit your feet.

Sometimes, taping your bunion or using special pads to help maintain the toe’s alignment can help when you’re running. Toe separators work well for this. Also, stretch your affected foot regularly. This improves both the blood flow to the injured joint as well as the flexibility in the ball of the foot. Pulling and manipulating the big toe away from the smaller ones, as well as doing toe curls, works the muscles and connectors managing the big toe.

Running with bunions may be an uncomfortable mix, but you can significantly improve your comfort and ability if you take care of your feet. Call Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC in Metairie, LA, at (504) 708-4810 if you need any care for a bunion deformity. 

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