Runners experience glory, foot pain at Boston Marathon
Wearing a bunion splint after marathons relieves foot pain
On April 18, more than 20,000 people bounded through the streets of Massachusetts on foot to compete in one of the world's most prestigious marathons, enduring 26.2 miles of burning calves, achy feet and nausea-inducing physical stress on their bodies to earn the right to say that they finished the Boston Marathon.
Boston Herald writer Chris Cassidy ran the full length of the race and reported on the experience for the newspaper.
"I have just crossed the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon and felt all the euphoria that the coaches and elite runners describe when your foot crosses that magnificently crafted yellow and blue masterpiece on Boylston Street," Cassidy wrote.
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya came in first after finishing the race in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, followed by Moses Mosop who came in just four seconds later. The top two women included Kenya's Caroline Kilel, who completed the marathon in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds, and the Desiree Davila of the U.S. who finished 2 seconds later.
While these runners surely felt a sense of accomplishment later on Monday, they probably also felt intense foot pain.
Bunions are one of the foot problems among runners
Runner's World reports that bunions are among the compendium of foot conditions that athletes develop. The source recommends well-fitted shoes and focusing on landing on the midfoot when running to prevent bunions.Additionally, bunion splints and orthotics have been shown to prevent or treat bunions or hammer toe, helping individuals avoid painful bunion surgery.