If you suffer from Bunion pain and find it difficult to exercise in your athletic shoes take a look at this article from Runner's world for effective solutions. Surgery is not the only treatment for painful bunions. I have seen many patients run marathons with large bunions without significant pain. Many accomodations are available from wider toe box athletic shoes, bunion splints, bunion gel cushions, ice, Custom sport foot orthotics, and NSAIDS.
Also take a look at our CFS video on Bunion evaluation and treatment.