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Learning About Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment and Research

Exercising With Bunions: What You Can Do To Reduce Pain

by Carla Hudson

Some people subscribe to the "no pain, no gain" school of exercise. But if you have bunions and exercising is becoming more and more painful, this is your body's way of telling you that it's not happy with what you're doing. Instead of trying to push through the pain – or giving up on exercise completely – consider modifying your exercise routine to take your bunions into account.

Jogging, Running, And High-Impact Exercise

Jogging and running are very popular forms of exercise, requiring little in the way of equipment and providing excellent results. But if you have bunions, high-impact exercises like these can be very painful. If you don't want to give up on them completely, you can try some techniques to minimize your pain.

Wearing the proper shoes can help. Running shoes need to be supportive, but if you have bunions, you'll also want to look for shoes that have a roomy toe box. Remember to go shoe shopping later in the day since feet tend to swell slightly over the course of the day; shoes that feel roomy in the toe in the morning may end up too tight later. If you have running shoes that you love and that fit well apart from the toebox, consider taking them to a shoe repair shop and having the toebox stretched.

Low-Impact Exercise

If making the switch to roomier shoes doesn't help, consider switching to a lower-impact form of exercise. Even walking puts less pressure on the feet than jogging or running; if walking is still painful, consider bicycling, swimming, or water aerobics. One major advantage of both swimming and water aerobics is that you don't need to wear shoes at all while doing them.

Medical Treatment

No matter what type of exercise you do, don't overlook getting medical treatment. A podiatrist can set you up with custom orthotic shoes for day-to-day life, and this added support can reduce the pain your bunions cause you overall. This is especially important if you have a job that keeps you on your feet – spending the day in orthotic shoes could mean being able to go for a walk or even a jog after work instead of needing to ice your feet and put them up in front of the television.

In addition, if your bunions are severe and interfering with your daily life, you may decide that you want bunion surgery. This may also be an option if you are serious about high-impact exercise – perhaps you compete in marathons – and you don't want to give it up. While lifestyle changes can minimize the pain of bunions, surgery is the only way to eliminate them.