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July 19, 2013 9:14 AM
Ugh, I can't believe I have one of these but I do. I have been walking with the weight of my body on the outer edge of my foot but I can't do that forever. How do you all work out with a bunion?
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July 19, 2013 9:19 AM
Have you ever been to a podiatrist? They can make orthotics for you to wear that will take some of the pressure off of the bunion. Sometimes over the counter orthotics can work too if it's not bad. There's really not much you can do once you have one except treat the symptoms or have surgery.
July 19, 2013 9:22 AM
I just went and bought a bunch of over the counter stuff. I guess I will see how it works.
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July 19, 2013 9:34 AM
Seated cardio ..........this one is by Jessica Smith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xC9khisFPA

A recumbant bike would take some pressure off.

Swimming is excellent if you have access to a pool
July 19, 2013 9:48 AM
Recumbent bike, upright bike or elliptical if you can tolerate it, strength training. Yoga helps mine, because you are encouraged to spread your toes. I also do foot rehab exercises, which help immeasurably. I can do regular weight bearing exercise because of yoga and foot exercises.

Taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen or Alleve, will help too. You just don't want to have to take them for a long time.
Edited by lithezebra On July 19, 2013 9:49 AM
July 19, 2013 9:59 AM
I was just going to ask the same question. I only have it on one foot. Regular exercise hasn't been a problem but now I'm attempting the C25K. Some days it doesn't bother me and other days I'm like you...jogging on the side of my foot. I was wondering if there are shoes that are recommended for this problem. I hope there's someone with answers out there.
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July 19, 2013 10:05 AM
I can't run at all. That's the quickest way to make my feet flare up. Bunions are a huge cause of older women ceasing to be active, so take care of those feet. I don't know much about the surgery, but I know that you can have bunions for a long time, ice them when they hurt, take an Aleve, get off your feet, and strengthen your feet with exercises, and NOT be debilitated. You have to slow down when there is pain.
July 19, 2013 10:08 AM
Try to get your shoes 1/2 size bigger...I used to have painful bunions and this really helped. They have actually reduced some, also I barely ever wear heels. I also wear flips flop around the house and try not to keep my feet enclosed for too long if need be. By doing this my bunions practically went away and I no longer have pain or discomfort. Good luck! flowerforyou
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July 19, 2013 10:18 AM
QUOTE:

I can't run at all. That's the quickest way to make my feet flare up. Bunions are a huge cause of older women ceasing to be active, so take care of those feet. I don't know much about the surgery, but I know that you can have bunions for a long time, ice them when they hurt, take an Aleve, get off your feet, and strengthen your feet with exercises, and NOT be debilitated. You have to slow down when there is pain.


Re: strengthening your feet ...... these exercises look pretty good

by Kathy Smith: http://www.kathysmith.com/home-recent-posts/the-simple-steps-to-protect-your-feet-for-life
July 19, 2013 10:25 AM
For me, getting running shoes with a large toe box has worked very well. I avoided running for years because of the bunions, then I got the shoes and started running in February of this year. The bunions have not been a problem at all (except for their unsightliness). Get someone at a good shoe store to help you with the fitting.

I did see a podiatrist, had orthotics made, and wore them for a bit, but I never quite took to them.

Good luck!
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August 1, 2013 8:14 AM
Yoga and swimming would be best I would assume. I have a bunion on my right foot, and it's really annoying to walk for long distance or run.

Anyone wears any corrective splint?
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