Paula Radcliffe Wins NY Half Marathon after Recovering from Bunion Surgery
Posted Aug 19 2009 6:26pm
Former, and possibly future, Olympian Paula Radcliffe won the New York Half Marathon on Sunday. This is her first race since the New York Marathon in November and also her first after recovering from bunion surgery. She will assess her progress in the next few days to see if she will pursue the World Championships Marathon in Berlin.
This is great news. One of the most common concerns my patients have when considering bunion surgery is whether or not they will be able to return to running, triathlons, or any other athletic activities. I’m pleased that I’ll be able to point to Ms. Radcliffe as someone who recovered from bunion surgery and rehabilitated several other injuries and has been able to return to a world-class level.
One treatment that is likely helping her at this point is a custom orthotic. An orthotic is a custom insole that supports and stabilizes the lower extremity. It balances the mechanics to remove the forces that deform the foot and cause a bunion. An orthotic allows the foot to work at it’s most efficient and prevents a recurrence of the bunion. I hope that Paula’s doctors have her in a custom orthotic so she can continue to pursue her goals.