The Hot Undies Run is this Saturday June 28th with a noon start at Brian O’Neill’s pub. While it may seem out of the ordinary to run in your skivvies, this race is a fun way to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. However, if you are running with bunions, you might not be able to enjoy this race as much as you should. Don’t worry though, because there are different things you can do to help ease the pain caused by these bumps.
A bunion is a result of your toes pushing on each other and moving the big toe’s joint out of alignment. Ultimately, a bony protrusion occurs on the side of your big toe, which can cause pain and discomfort. It can also be difficult to fit your feet into your shoes. Runners suffer from bunions frequently because of the repeated trauma their toes endure. Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly and genetics are also factors that can lead to the development of these protrusions.
Luckily there are conservative treatments you can do to help ease the pain. You can try taping your toes and using a toe separator to keep the big toe in its proper position. This also promotes blood flow to your feet, which can help with soreness or stiffness. There are a number of toe exercises you can try as well. For example, gently pulling your big toe away from the others and holding it, or flexing your toes individually and then together, can both help alleviate discomfort. You can also strengthen your muscles by using your toes to pick up marbles or roll a towel towards and away from your body.
These exercises can relieve pain when running with bunions, but if you’re discomfort is more than you can bear, you might need to consider surgery. Call Dr. Marco Vargas and Dr. Joyce Lee at (888) 784-5335 to schedule an appointment. At Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston we are here to answer your questions and provide you with a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
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