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Exercising With a Bunion - Topic Overview

If bunions are causing pain, don't give up exercise. Instead, switch to activities that don't cause pain.

  • Swimming or bicycling are good choices because they put less pressure on the foot.
  • Walking may substitute for jogging while you treat a bunion.

Wearing comfortable, roomy athletic shoes that give your toes plenty of room will help you stay active. For both men and women, men's shoes are a good choice because they have wider toe boxes. Consider making a small cut in an athletic shoe directly over the bunion to relieve pressure.

Apply ice to the bunion and elevate your foot after exercise that causes pain. This will help reduce the inflammation.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: February 24, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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