Bunions are an incredibly common ailment — data indicates as many as 1 in 3 adults will develop one. They can become particularly aggravating for runners since the repetitive impact on the toe joint can inflame a bunion.
Surgery is often believed to be the only treatment option, but there are effective alternatives to consider, such as proper footwear protection. Keep reading for our advice on running with bunions and how you can find relief.
What Is a Bunion?
The official name is hallux abducto valgus, but in less complicated terms, it is a deformity in which the big toe deviates inward toward the other toes. As the deviation worsens over time, a bump can develop at the big toe joint and stick out from the side of your foot.
This bump makes it difficult for shoes to fit properly and therefore causes rubbing and discomfort. If not addressed, wear and tear on the deformed joint can cause osteoarthritic problems that seriously up the pain factor.
Why Do Runners Get Them?
Bunions are primarily caused by a genetic predisposition, but you can also develop them over time. For runners, this is often due to wearing the wrong type of running shoe. If there is a significant drop between the heel and forefoot, your weight is shifted forward. After logging several miles, the strain on your big toe bone can lead to a bunion. Plus, this shoe design has a tapered toe box that creates additional stress on your toe joints and exacerbates pain.
Poor foot alignment is another issue, especially if you lose good form as you get tired deeper into your run. Excessive pronation (rolling inward) creates extra pressure on the big toe and pushes it out of alignment over time. It’s no wonder so many runners deal with bunions!
How Can Running Socks Help Bunion Pain?
As important as well-fitting running shoes are (and we highly recommend having them fitted by an expert), you shouldn’t overlook the value of wearing the proper socks. After all, they’re your foot’s first line of defense. Socks can help by properly supporting joints, keeping your feet aligned, and providing protection once a bunion develops.
What To Look For:
- Proper cushion: The more padding between your shoe and bunion, the better since it reduces painful rubbing.
- Toe protection: The big toe, in particular, takes a beating while running, but it’s important to avoid irritations for all toes when possible, so look for seams that won’t rub.
- Correct fit: Overly tight socks put pressure on toes and distort the shape of your foot. Make sure your socks are supportive without squeezing too much.
- Appropriate materials: In other words, avoid rough cotton socks that lack cushion and can inflame the damaged skin over a bunion. Opt instead for natural materials that wick moisture away.
Why Go With Feetures for Bunion Pain?
In a nutshell — because our socks meet all of the criteria above! We are obsessed with fit, creating each sock for optimal performance to keep you pounding the pavement in total comfort. If you deal with bunion pain, we recommend our Elite Max Cushion sock. Designed for women and men, this style features targeted compression that supports alignment and relief. They are also anatomically designed, which means they perfectly conform to the left and right structure of the foot for a superior fit and reduced risk of blisters or rubbing. Speaking of rubbing, our seamless toe eliminates irritating seams for all toes, while extra cushion provides maximum protection for a bunion protrusion. On top of all that, they’re made of moisture-wicking fibers that keep your feet dry for longer and come in a variety of cuts and colors!
At Feetures, we design all our men's running socks and women's running socks to be as comforting as possible. From max cushion to compression to therapeutic, there’s a solution for you. But don’t just take it from us — check out our customers’ rave reviews and then take advantage of our lifetime guarantee to try a pair for yourself risk-free!