New shoe design may give bunion-sufferers an edge
Zero Drop shoes by ALTRA Footwear may provide both biomechanical advantages as well as cushioned support.
Individuals with bunions may be drawn to barefoot running because of its reported ability to improve foot landing mechanics - a factor which has been shown to exacerbate bunions when it is off balance. At the same time, running sans shoes offers little support or protection.
Enter the Zero Drop line of shoes.
The footwear is designed to conform to the shape of the foot, with added features that accommodate gender-specific needs. It is meant to provide a stable position for landing, which may result in speed, fewer injuries and alleviated bunions. Additionally, the shoe's manufacturer reports that the footwear may help improve a runner's posture.
Core running shoes, outdoor footwear and minimalist shoes are all available through the line.
While changing shoes has been known to help alleviate bunion pain, it will likely do nothing to prevent or correct bunions.
In order to get to the root of the bony deformity, individuals may want to use bunion splints
or orthotics, which help to redistribute pressure and align the bones
and tendons in the foot, thereby preventing or reducing the appearance
of bunions or hammer toe.