Known as Hallux Valgus, or in simpler term, a bunion is a bony malformation that usually forms on the joint area where the base of the toe is located (metatarsophalangeal join)
This condition is common though, but, if it becomes worse, the big toe angles itself towards the second toe which causes the deformation along the inside of the foot, and this bony bump on the inside of the foot is known to be painful especially if it is frequently touched, or moved, and it also causes swelling and inflammation on its surrounding skin.
A lot of runners suffer from bunions that is why a lot of running shoe brands out there that designs its running shoes that are ideal for people suffering from bunions despite the long-standing debate about the causes of bunions as it is continued to believe that there are several factors that increase the risk for a person to develop this kind of condition.
According to health experts though, one of the main factors for a person to develop bunions is the frequent wearing of high-heeled shoes or wearing ill-fitting shoes, and pointed shoes. There are also factors that link to people who suffer from underlying arthritis which then further develops into the great toe’s joint area.
In the world of running, anyone can develop this condition and it is known for many runners to be a major impediment to their training as this bony growth on the side of the great toe caused many issues that are why one of their main problems is finding the best shoe for them, and worse, it can cause them pain and discomfort during a run, or even just a walk.
That is why in this article, let us share to you some important tips in finding the best running shoes for bunions.
First off, as a runner, you should be avoiding wearing shoes that have high heels and wear it for a long period of time because wearing heeled shoes causes the metatarsophalangeal joint into a relative extension and place under pressure especially when the person starts to walk and move it.
Also, avoid wearing shoes that have straps or has a cut past the site of the bunion because this can worsen the condition. Women’s sandals often have straps on its side that perfectly attaches or hits the spot of the bunions.
That is why, as a runner, make sure when selecting a running shoe, you should choose the one that has a wide toe box to provide an extra room for your bunion and promote more comfort in its surrounding area. Not only that you prevent it from getting worse, but you also give the area less pressure and less discomfort. The deviation of the toe towards the second toe and the developing bump in it may become worse if you choose a running shoe that has a small space in its toe box.
Running shoes that have a small space or has a narrow area in its toe box places the bunion under a compressive force which can aggravate the symptoms and could affect your running and strides because of the pain and discomfort.
Just make sure that if you buy a running shoe, always choose one size bigger than your original size so that there is enough room to keep your foot comfortable and free from pain and discomfort brought by your developing bunion.