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.
|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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