Bunion Prevention

Runners often develop bunions as a result of repeated, high-impact movement in the feet, and the bony deformity can be made even worse if an athlete's foot landing mechanics are off. Additionally, improper movement can hinder race times.

TriFind.com reports that there are four components to take into consideration when it comes to improving running mechanics: stride, alignment, momentum inhibitors and symmetry.

The source reports that addressing these four factors – in their listed order – may help to prevent injury as well as improve running economy.

SportsInjuryBulletin.com supports the idea that imbalanced landing mechanics can lead to injury, but that the cause of such dysfunction is likely unique for different runners.

"Every runner will have a their own threshold of tolerance to the stresses of running, and it will take a unique combination of factors to tip that runner’s body over the threshold and in to injury," according to the site.

Improving foot landing mechanics may help to prevent bunions or hammer toe from forming. Conversely, correcting a bunion or hammer toe may lead to better running economy.

Runners with bunions or hammer toe may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics to help correct deformities without the need for bunion surgery.  

What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions?

Tiburon, CA – April 27, 2011– What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions? According to Alpha Orthotics Corp., studies indicate that either foot disorders or obesity may come first. Lower Extremity Review sites a couple of recent studies that find foo t disorders, such as bunions (Hallux valgus), …

Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain
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Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain

The combination of a fitted foot splint and physical therapy exercises have been shown to reduce foot pain

Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice
Bunion Prevention
Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice

Flip flops provide little to no arch support, causing foot problems for many

Moisturizing exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones
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Moisturizing, exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones

Home-based treatments can keep your feet healthy and save money

Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems
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Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems

If you have bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches, you may have given up hope for walking comfortably.

AAOS encourages people to get moving even in the face of foot pain
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AAOS encourages people to get moving – even in the face of foot pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has launched its Get Up! Get Out! and Get Moving! campaign to encourage people to get off the couch this summer and participate in active lifestyles.

Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction
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Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction

Conditions like bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches often affect female athletes in more ways than just through foot pain.

How to keep foot problems at bay in old age
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How to keep foot problems at bay in old age

As we age, our bodies are no longer able to deal with everyday stressors as effectively as they once were.

Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems
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Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems

Women with bunions or hammer toe are generally advised to steer clear of high heels with narrow toe boxes, as they pack a double-whammy of foot pain by squishing the forefoot into an unnaturally compact position.