Running Doc Recommends Non-Surgical Treatments for Bunions

When it comes to dealing with bunions, The Daily News’s Running Doc discusses various treatments and options patients might want to look into before opting for surgery. Bunions are usually identified along the inner portion of the big toe’s first joint as large bumps on the bone.

To prevent bunion growth, opt for looser fitting shoes around the toes or flexible full-length orthotics while running. Avoid wearing high heels often. Utilize thin foam or silicone toe separators to prevent toes from rubbing together. Anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be implemented if the aforementioned methods do not work. Only consider bunion surgery as a last resort.  

To prevent exacerbation and extended pain, treatment for bunions should be implemented quickly. To learn more, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.


Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.


A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

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