Trail running can be tricky, especially with bunions

Correcting a bunion prior to running on trails reduces risks

running trails risky for runners with bunionsRunners who have forested trails near their homes may be feeling tempted to hit the woods for their daily jog. However, uneven terrain and hidden tree roots mean that one should have their feet in top shape before venturing out into nature.

Running on an unpredictable path means that an individual will need to have nimble feet, so Runner's World recommends gradual training. This means starting out on relatively smooth trails before moving up to the more craggy challenges.

"Take short, quick steps so you can react" to changes in terrain or obstacles, said Scott Jurek, seven-time winner of the Western States Endurance Run, quoted by the news source.

The Road Runners Club of America recommends using caution when running over obstacles like branches or rocks, but athletes should try to stick to the middle of the trail in order to prevent soil erosion. If the terrain looks muddy, it may be best to choose the road or track that day.

Given the number of risks involved in trail running, athletes with bunions or hammer toe may want to correct their conditions before attempting such a task, since the foot conditions are associated with improper landing mechanics.

Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for expensive bunion surgery

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