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Best Running Shoes For Bunions

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Posted 6 months ago


Last updated: 04/12/2022


by James McCormack

Bunions are a painful condition affecting the big toe joint that can be caused by how you move. If you struggle to control the pronation moments when running, this can cause a Bunion or accelerate the deterioration of a current bunion. Several factors can help to manage and prevent a bunion from developing, but in this article, we will share the best running shoes for bunions.

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The money earned from this helps us to create free educational content.

Best Running Shoes For Bunions

The best running shoes for Bunions should have a responsive cushion, a stable midsole and a wide toe box. Responsive cushioning helps by providing additional support under the foot to reduce the impact on your bunion. A stable midsole helps to control the pronation moments that can cause a bunion. At the same time, a wide toe box creates adequate space for your bunion, reducing compression that could irritate your bunion symptoms.

New Balance X860 Wide Fit Running Shoes For Bunions

We recommend the New Balance X860 for bunions due to their wide-fitting toe box, which helps by allowing adequate space for a bunion without compressing the surrounding toes.

The X860 is a lightweight shoe with foam sole cushioning to protect the forefoot from the impact that irritates bunions while having a medial posting to reduce and control any excess pronation moments that can cause bunions.

We recommend the New Balance X860 for mild to moderate symptoms of Bunions.

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Brooks GTS 22 Extra Wide Running Shoes For Bunions

We recommend the Brooks GTS 22 as they are a cushioned shoe that protects the forefoot while allowing you to choose your width option depending on the size of your foot.

Their intelligent control in the heel cup helps to control the ankle joint, reducing pronation moments in the midfoot.

We recommend Brooks GTS to patients with moderate symptoms of bunion pain.

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Hoka Bondi Running Shoes For Bunions

The Hoka Bondi are our favourite running shoes for bunions due to their ultra cushion sole that comes in varying widths to protect the forefoot from impact and allow sufficient toe box space. If you have an exceptionally wide foot, you can contact Hoka directly for them to provide an extra wide shoe.

The Hoka Bondi has a responsive cushion to help with propulsion and a 4mm heel drop which slows down the speed of weight transfer onto the forefoot from heel strike while also reducing forefoot pressure when standing compared to a high heel drop trainer.

We recommend the Hoka Bondi for all forms of bunions but especially for severe bunion pain.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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