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Bunion Booties are much more comfortable than rigid splints.. I tried the Bunion Aid and I could never say my toes could move freely, it was the most constricted and painful device I’ve tried for bunions. I couldn’t wear it with shoes or to bed without flinging it across the room in the middle of the night. I much prefer Bunion Booties and yoga to help with bunions. I’ve also noticed that if I avoid white foods that cause inflammation, I’m much more comfortable. Epsom salt is one I always forget about, but is a great suggestion also
I had a Podiatrist perform reconstructive surgery on my right foot which was causing daily pain/made it impossible to run anything more than 20mins, in Dec 2004, my left foot was to follow later.....its almost 8 years later, and I haven't bothered....and have little intention until I "have to" get it fixed
Honestly unless you are in daily pain, or the bunion is affecting training do not go the way of surgery. Foot massage, big toe stretches, arch exercises, wearing of night splints, toe spacers etc have all worked in some way to keep the left foot from affecting my life/training.....I will only undergo surgery on the left foot to reduce the width of the bunion if it became a problem with shoe fit or daily pain.
After surgery it took almost 6 months before I could start to jog pain free for short periods, and a full year before I was running properly, and entering 5/10ks, 18 months before a marathon... so consider your timeframe before surgery.
I'm glad I did deal with a Sports Podiatrist, it made it easier to discuss expectations etc, thah with a regular non sports surgeon, and he is on board with me not having the other foot "fixed", with the understanding that you just cannot leave it to its own devices, I still see him every 6 months etc, to monitor both feet.....it helps to have a good insurance plan !
Six months ago I booked a trip to Europe at my husband's prompting. As the trip grew closer, I was scrambling to find shoes and then later insoles that would help with all the walking I knew I was going to be doing. I tried Dr. Scholl's insoles, a silicone protector that I bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond and a brace that you wear at night. Nothing helped. I just happened to be searching on Amazon for anything else that might help when I came upon the Dr. JK product. I got them about 8 days before my trip. http://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Protector-Corrector-Separators-Straightener/dp/B011VNFF4A/
There are 5 different types/sets of bunion protectors included in the kit and I experimented with them, wearing them to work and walking my dog. They are made of a very soft material with no rough edges and are very soft on the feet. The one I found that seemed to align my big toe the way I think it should be and also protected the bunion from rubbing against my shoe, was the one they recommend for hiking. At first I just used it on my right foot, the one with the bunion but because this particular type wraps around all 5 toes, top and bottom of foot, my left foot kind of felt like the odd man out. So I decided to try it also on the foot without the bunion to see if it would make my feet feel the same in both shoes. It did and so I wore them this way when I went to Europe.
I wear a splint at night and OH the RELIEF! Bunions are genetic, my mom had surgery on both of hers. My sister and I both use the splint and have had minimal progression of our toe angles, especially me because I sometimes go long periods without my splint and I wear fashionable shoes that I shouldn't all the time and I can feel them making my bunion worse! Anyway, I recommend the splint, and make it tight, don't walk with it, best used at night.
Barefoot running, or running in shoes that have very light support, is great for correcting overpronation.
I went to a physio some time ago for advice on a long-running issue that was stopping me running, and while he was checking my back and legs he noticed I was developing bunions. He told me to go down to a well-known high-street chemist and purchase gel toe-splints, to train my big-toe joint to open up again before they become so inflexible they won't move. I wore them while walking around during the day (not for running) for two weeks and have been noticing how my big-toe joint has straightened out. Physio said this is an essential part of the gait, since it absorbs the impact and helps push off and activate the calf muscle. I have really seen and felt a difference, and they only cost a few quid.
While walking around I also wear toe-socks, which don't encourage the toes to squeeze together. You can get them online from Toe Toe.