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I've had bunions since my teens - all the women in my family seem to have them. I'm 45 and a marathon runner. I've always accepted I need wide fit shoes and don't wear heels unless its a special occasion where i'll be sat down a lot. I'm finding the last couple of years that one in particular keeps flaring up badly to the point its red raw at the top where it rubs on my shoes making even walking sore while it heals.
I've tried every type of plaster under the sun and its really beginning to get me down. I wear wide fit trainers where I can and lace them missing the first few holes to take pressure off the forefoot too.
If by some miracle I manage to get through this cycle of marathon training I am thinking about going to see a GP to get referred for surgery - i'm hoping they will refer me as they are pretty bad and really do affect my day to day life. I guess there is a chance I may not run again, not sure to be honest but I have got to do something because it is really beginning to get me down - totally broke down to my husband yesterday.
I was wondering if anyone knew the criteria for referrals but also if there are any other runners out there who have/are going through this? It is so frustrating - I am so close to being a championship level runner within the next few months but if they (well the right side bunion!) don't settle soon I think my chance of that will be over.
I'm so embarrassed about it, I got an awful reaction from a nurse when I went for a smear test a few years ago and have hidden my feet away since. This is the first time i've reached out about it.
Thank you in advance
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