I'm developing a bunion on my right big toe due to running. I have been wearing presciption orthodics for 15 years due to overpronation when I run.
I'm looking for a physician in Baton Rouge, LA to see about this. I have typically gone to various podiatrists, but have not been extrememly happy. They seem to deal with people with diabetes etc. more than sports related issues. I was wandering if a Dr. that specilized in sports medicine would be more informed.
I've also been reading about barefoot running and its touted benefits. Does anyone have any experience with this.
Last, are there any runners out there that converted to rollerblading. If so how does it compare.
I realize your post was posted a few months ago. How is your bunion now? I have them on both feet and have been told that the only thing that can help me is surgery (which terrifies me). I am really active and the thought of not being able to use my feet is not very appealing. I have also been wearing orthotics which have not been helping me. Any info you hae would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
I have not gone to a doctor. I did some research and found that the typical running style (i.e. landing on the heal then rolling forward) causes most running related injuries. I originally got orthodics to correct plantar fasciitis problems.
There is a growing group that believe running should be done on the ball of the foot (e.g. Pose Method). Some people even run marathons barefoot. Long story short, I'm going barefoot as much as possible to strengthen my feet. This has definately helped of not eliminated the plantar fasciitis. I'm trying to learn the Pose Method of running but that is still in process.
There is also data that suggests that unshod populations have much lower incidences of bunions and other foot problems such as heel spurs. However, the data I'm aware of is very limited.
Post by drnmchaudhari on Oct 10, 2007 17:15:15 GMT -6
If you developed bunion and it is not severe, probably toe spacer between Big and second toe will help while walking or running. If that will not work, probably you need to see Orthopedic Foot and Ankle specialist in your area. Toe spacer you can find online or from Pharmacy stores.
Post by Becky Bolt, MS on Oct 11, 2007 8:14:47 GMT -6
Jason and MMA,
Bunions are usually caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow/tight in the toe (dress shoes, mainly, but a lot of athletic shoes fit narrow in the toe, too). Adding orthotics to shoes alters the proper fit of them, most notably by reducing the amount of space in the shoe for your foot, so that could also be contributing to the problem. There is a genetic pre-disposition. As far as I know, running style doesn't have anything to do with the development of bunions.
Jason, if your bunion is just at the very beginning of development, I would recommend using a toe spacer and wearing shoes that properly fit your forefoot. You should still see a doctor, in case there is something else he can recommend (besides surgery). MMA, if your bunions have already gotten to the point where your toe is deformed enough to cause pain (due mainly to it rubbing against your shoes), then the only thing that can correct that (that I'm aware of) is surgery. I know it's scary, and the procedure sounds like something out of a horror movie, but in the long run it can be very helpful. The sooner you have it done, the sooner you can get back to running. It just depends on how far along the development of your bunions have come. I would recommend that you use the website Dr. Fleisig posted and find a doctor to discuss this with.
As for barefoot running, that is a separate topic (aside from the fact that you're getting your feet out of tight and constrictive shoes), and a very good one. The main idea is that barefoot running strengthens the muscles in your feet, which will hopefully prevent injury and improve performance. Wearing shoes all the time keeps your muscles from getting stronger--your feet depend on your shoes to do all the work. For people who can't run barefoot (don't have a safe place to do so), Nike has recently introduced the FREE shoe. It was designed specifically to mimic barefoot running. Please see this article for more information: www.american-trackandfield.com/features/nikefreereview04.html
Just be careful when you go from shod to barefoot. In shoes, your heel is slightly elevated (in relation to your forefoot). Going from that to no difference between heel and FF puts some stress on your Achilles tendon, which can lead to plantar fasciitis (that is just one of the causes of PF). PF is tough because once that sucker gets inflamed, it takes forever to get it to calm down again. Like 'drnm...' posted, calf stretches are very important. Icing can also help. If you can get in to see a physical therapist or a doctor, they can help you get the inflammation knocked down and teach you what you need to do at home to manage it.
I saw a podiatrist over 2 years ago and started wearing orthotics after that. I typically wear wide, comortable, athletic-type shoes with the orthotics and you will never find me walking around in stiletto heels. I've been wearing the orthotic for over 2 years now and I've seen various podiatric surgeons since my initial visit to the podiatrist and they all recommend the surgery.
I am rather young (30) and tired of this pain. I love being active and if this surgery would help me to be able to do things I'd like to do but can't now because of the pain (run, jump rope, dance in heels, etc.), I'd like to have it done.
If I decide to get the surgery, it is a hard choice for me whether to have it done on both feet at once or one at a time.
Post by Becky Bolt, MS on Oct 12, 2007 9:47:52 GMT -6
Your bunions are not going to get better or go away on their own. Once the deformity gets to the point of causing pain, surgery is the only way to get better. As to whether you should do surgery on both feet at the same time, that's up to the doctor to tell you. Since you'll likely be in a walking cast or some form of immobilization for a little while, it may be better to do one at a time. However, I really can't say for sure.
Post by gerryaguilar on Jun 13, 2013 5:44:08 GMT -6
I am suffering from bunion from last 2 years and now I am having my bunion surgery next week. I really excited and feeling good. After bunion surgery I can be well and can run, play as well as can do anything in the right manner.
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