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WEARING WRONG RUNNING SHOES CAN BE A RECIPE FOR BUNIONS

Bunions can be particularly painful for runners, because running in the wrong shoes can exacerbate them, but also because they can lead to other foot problems. There may be a hereditary element to bunions, and having low arches, flat feet, or loose joints can increase your risk of developing them. But even ill-fitting running shoes can be to blame, says Ray McClanahan, DPM, a podiatrist at Northwest Foot & Ankle in Portland, Oregon.
 
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Dr. Ray McClanahan
 
 
Most running shoes have a tapered toe box (that is, they get narrower at the toe) as well as a slightly elevated heel. Wearing a running shoe with a significant drop (the height difference between the heel and forefoot often measured in millimeters) year after year can be a recipe for bunions, says McClanahan, who is a long-distance runner. 
 
Source: Hannah Wallace, Runner's World [11/30/18]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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