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Is Bunion Taping Just for Athletes?

07 May

Something we’ve never tried but have been seeing more of lately are articles on bunion taping.  We usually see these How-To’s pinned to an athletic website such as Livestrong.com or listed on sports injury clinic websites.  After all, who else would spend the time to learn the technique and tightly wrap your foot?  Most of us don’t have time to do that before we head off to work in our Jimmy Choo 3-inch heels (ok, most of us ladies don’t actually own Choos, but we’d like to!).  After doing our own research on the topic here’s what we learned, broken down into usable chunks of information.  (Of course, anyone attempting this should consult with your doctor, especially if you have moderate to severe bunions.)

WHY?

Taping bunions can reduce the bunion pain and stress brought on during the day’s stress including most shoes and standing/walking.  It’s often used to provide support, stability, or rehabilitation to athletes suffering from bunion pain including runners, dancers, bikers, and skiers.  It can also provide protection against the friction often caused from non-bunion-friendly footwear, and even possibly padding in those shoes that just don’t give our nubs the space or protection they need (i.e. ski boots, spin shoes, and soccer cleats).  There are a few different strategies you could try out there -  let us know which one works best!  (You can even Google “Bunion Taping Techniques” and watch the YouTube videos for demonstrations and additional details.)

PROS

  • When you tape your bunions, you are protecting them from the unavoidable scuffing and rubbing from your shoes which in time can easily lead to blisters, redness, tenderness, and often inflamed bunions.  Should bursitis set in around the bunion, it takes even longer to heal and requires a more consistent treatment.  Taping is a great option to manage that swelling and irritation.
  • Taping bunions can also provide the desired padding inside more rigid footwear, often founds in sports such as dancing, skiing, soccer, and spinning/biking.  There’s nothing worse than bone on plastic which is what you get when you put those shoes on and head out to enjoy your active lifestyle without any additional level of protection, or in the case of soccer; expose your poor nubs to the repeated pounding of a ball.

CONS

  • Most of us don’t have the time in the morning as we are getting ready for work to find the tape, let alone go through the process of taping our feet.  Not to mention, testing and trying out the various techniques to find the one for our foot.
  • Your feet swell during the day, it’s just a fact.   Whether you are a professional athlete or sell insurance from a desk all day, your feet will swell.   This can be quite the nuisance if the taping ends up being quite tight, or the space in your shoes just doesn’t ALLOW for the swelling AND tape.  Your bunions might be pain-free but… low and behold, it’s really because half your foot has lost its circulation – doh!

Bunion Taping to Protect and Pad

Bottom Line

Taping is great and it definitely serves a purpose for those that wear extremely rigid footwear, anticipate taking a hit on the bunion (think soccer!), or are healing from the dreaded bunion surgery.  But for the majority of us, something as simple as Bunion Bootie can meet the need of most bunion sufferers; it protects from friction, may improve gait and balance issues by bringing the big toe straight again, and is quick and easy to put on each morning.   The padding isn’t much (which is what allows it to fit so easily in any shoe) so if you’re heading to the soccer field, take the tape! :)

 

An Athlete’s Guide to Dealing with Bunions

30 Nov

You don’t have to tell us bunions can be uncomfortable and difficult to deal with.   We’re runners, bikers, skiers, and the like and we know bunions can become even more of a hassle if you are an athlete. With months of training in a variety of footwear and weather condition and competitions you cannot or don’t want to miss, dealing with a bunion can often present a challenge.

How athletes treat their bunions
Don’t let those bunions curb your training!

“Bunion” in the name given to the deformity of the big toe which causes it to push outward and can be extremely painful.  Bunions typically continue to worsen overtime and surgery can eventually become the only way to permanently correct the deformity.  However as with any surgery, it comes with a myriad of risks and often significant recovery time, something athletes aren’t one to give into easily.

Until an athlete has the time to take off to have and recover from surgery, here are some options in dealing with your bunion:

  • Proper shoes can make a world of difference for an athlete dealing with bunions!  A properly designed shoe can help to alleviate pressure on the side of the foot which causes the majority of the pain for bunion sufferers as the boney nub rubs against the shoe during each and every stride.    If you are dealing with bunions, look for a sneaker with a tall toe box that is squared at the toes instead of rounded.  Shoes should also provide plenty of cushioning in the forefoot. Shoes with rearfoot stability are beneficial in reducing overpronation, which can intensify the symptoms of a bunion.  Also a shoe with a specifically designed bunion window can provide a little more leg room for your running companion.  Check with Nike and Adidas, at one point both carried models fit for bunions.
  • Treat your bunion conservatively. Physical therapy, injections and anti-inflammatory medications can help make the symptoms of your bunion less noticeable as you participate in athletics.  A few ibuprofen before the race or training session can sometimes do the trick.
  • Engage in cross training. If you experience a lot of pain with your bunions, alternate high-impact activities with low-impact training activities. Instead of running for conditioning, opt to swim, use an elliptical machine or ride a stationary bike to help stay in shape. Low-impact exercises will place little to no stress on your lower extremities and give them a much needed break from their normal sport.
  • When not running you can try inserts that push the big toe back in alignment such as toe spacers but for those that prefer a painless and more gentle remedy that can be worn while active, try Bunion Bootie.  For most fans of the Bunion Bootie, it is just as much a part of their workout gear as socks and shoes!

As an athlete with bunions, the key is to listen to your feet. They’ll let you know when it is time to take a break from running, jumping, sprinting, flipping or whatever it is that your sport requires. In the long run, your feet and your career will thank you!

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Marathon Season is Here…Are Your Bunions Ready?

30 Sep

The fall marathon season has officially started.  The summer months have been perfect for taking advantage of the longer days and piling up our mileage in anticipation for the “big race”. 26 Miles doesn’t just happen over night as you know, and although there are marathons almost every weekend somewhere in the country, many of us are fair weather runners and prefer the cooler temps for race day.

So as we count down for the big day we reflect on the past few months….We’ve put in many hours of training and cross training.  Some of us even tried our hand at barefoot running (on our short runs of course) which was either a hit or a realization that barefoot running doesn’t happen overnight either.  We’ve braved the wind, rain, and before-dawn runs.  We’ve dodged dogs (on and off leash), negotiated unruly trails, iced sprains, and suffered through side stitches and sore muscles.

Race Day at the Starting Line

Did you include bunion treatment in your race preparation protocol?

But for most of us, especially women, that’s not the worst of it.  The dreaded “B” word has bullied us through the end of each run. 

  There’s no denying it.  Our mothers have them, our grandmothers have them, and yes, we also have them.  And as much as you might try to baby your bunions, they still scream at you loud and clear at then end of your run.

Aside from surgery, (which anyone who’s done any kind of research knows, is a suffer-fest all of its own) there’s no “cure”.  Ice, ibuprofen, flip-flops, repeat… What’s a runner to do?  Well, for starters there are running shoes that are slightly more forgiving and considerate for those large bony nubs; Brooks Defyance, Addidas Adistar Ride 2, New Balance 1123, 1012, and 587 (women) and 845 (men), Saucony Pro Grid Omni,  and Women’s Pedors Vienna, just to name a few.  But I know….we’re all so very  devoted to our current running shoe brand as if it were a religion.  So then what?  Ice, Ibuprofen and repeat will only get you so far.

There’s a new player in the game of bunion treatment; Bunion Bootie (http://www.bunionbootie.com), and it’s perfect for runners!  Super soft and flexible, easily worn in the running shoe (we swear!) for the long runs to prevent rubbing in your shoes.  Wear it after a long run to sooth those tired and tense toes, and wear it to bed to counter those years of deformity while you sleep.  It’s not painful, even if you do size-down as suggested on the website.  Since all feet (and bunions) are not created equal, you can get it in the size and foot that is ideal for your bunion.  If you baby your bunions you’ll be a happy finisher!

 

 

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The Newest Relief for Bunion Pain!

23 Aug

Now available and sold exclusively online….Bunion Bootie!

Are you looking for a non-surgical solution for your bunion pain?  Have you tried rigid splints, toe spacers, bunion cushions, and other home-grown devices to alleviate tense toes and aching feet after a long day of walking, standing, or running?  Well, slip your bothered bump into the Bunion Bootie for a customized fit and around the clock support for your foot.

Bunion Bootie is offered in 4 sizes currently; small, medium, large, and X-large. There’s a size guide to assess your correct size.   Additionally, unlike it’s stubborn splint counterpart, the Bunion Bootie is designed to fit either your left or right foot for that “Juuuust right” fit. 

Bunion Bootie is 100% composed of a soft flexible material that hugs your foot while anchored with an ankle strap, so that it gently pulls your big toe back to it’s anatomically correct position without fierce force or bulky material. 

At only 0.4mm thick it can be worn in any shoe without anyone being the wiser.  That’s right, any shoe!  Running shoe, dress shoe, work shoe, or sandles (although frowned upon by the fashion police).  You can even wear it barefoot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No one wants to resort to surgery and until now there hasn’t been a viable option for bunion sufferers to turn to. 

With Bunion Bootie you can customize your relief and correction of the big toe by selecting a size true to fit or going one size smaller for a more aggressive correction.

Wear the more relaxed fitted bootie after a grueling 14 hours shift on your feet (nurses! hospitality workers!) and wear the tighter fitted bootie on the weekends, in your running shoes, around the house, and to bed.  It’s really up to you and your foot.

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Bunion Bootie feedback

17 Jul

To all that have tried Bunion Bootie, please do leave feedback on the fit and wear, we love the input and will use it to improve upon the product in the future

 
 
 
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