Early in the Spring I began to get treatment for my painful bunions and pinched nerves in both my feet. My entire summer was filled with podiatrist appointments to get cortisone shots to try and keep the pain at a minimum. Yes, bunions can be very painful and the added bonus of pinched nerves is no picnic. Surgery is the only option to eliminate the pain, but I am trying to hold off as long as possible. After the bunions on both my feet became extremely painful I worried that I would have to give up my exercise routine. I am happy to say that despite this painful condition, I can still maintain an exercise routine several days a week. Here are some suggestions on how you can continue to exercise if you suffer from bunion pain as well.
Change the Type of Exercise.
My favorite form of cardiovascular exercise was power walking. However, the pain and swelling in both my feet that occurred after only walking two or three blocks made this form of exercise unbearable. I decided to try other types of exercise and happily realized that bike riding and using the elliptical produced far less pain and swelling. While it took me a little bit of time to get adjusted to the switch, I am now just as content to ride the bike or log in some time on the exercise machine as I was walking around the neighborhood. Depending on your own situation, these activities may not be right for you. You may need to give other forms of exercise a try until you find the ones that work for you.
Take your Anti Inflammatory Before Exercising.
If your podiatrist has prescribed an anti inflammatory as treatment for your bunions, be sure to take the medicine thirty minutes to an hour before your exercise session. Waiting until after you are finish and the pain has already set in will make the medication far less effective.
Wear your Orthopedic Inserts or Size Wide Sneakers while Exercising.
If the podiatrist who has been treating you has fitted you for orthopedic devices to place inside your sneakers, be sure to wear them each and every time you exercise. If your doctor has suggested you wear W sneakers to alleviate the pressure on the bone deformities, do not attempt to exercise in any other size sneakers. The wide toe box of these sneakers will ensure that you do not experience the same level of discomfort or pain you would feel while exercising in regular size athletic footwear.
Ice those Bunions After Exercising.
A frozen bag of vegetables placed on the bunion sites immediately after exercising can greatly reduce the pain, redness or swelling that occurs from intense exercise. A brief rest period on the couch with an ice pack on one or both feet can help to ensure that you do not spend the rest of day in pain.
While the pain of your bunions may make it appear that regular exercise is out of the question, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. A little thought towards what type of exercise you engage in, as well as certain choices and actions both before and after the session can help you to maintain your routine and reach your fitness or weight loss goals.