Products that can be used to help bunions
Posted: Feb 28, 2022
Bunions are a common problem associated with an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that can be painful and cause problems with the fit of footwear. The only real way to get rid of them is with surgery which not everyone is going to be too keen on. There are some products that can be used to help bunions if they are causing you problems. There are a number and it can be difficult to decide which is the best option for you and which is the one that you should use for your bunion. Each of the products have different purposes and uses.
A commonly used one is a Bunion Corrector which is a splint that is typically worn at night and the aim is to apply gentle pressure to the toe, in theory to try and straighten it. The research is that, yes it can do that a small amount over a period of time. There is no evidence that the correction stays there after you stop using it. Of more importance is that the bunion corrector does go a long way to keep the big toe joint mobile and flexible which is a good thing. That can help with some of the pain that can develop inside the big toe joint.
Another product, branded as the Bunion Assassin is a cloth sleeve that goes over the forefoot and is typically worn during the day in the shoe. There is a silicone pad that goes between the toes to try and change the angle of the big toe and also there is a thin silicone pad that goes over the bunion that protects it from the shoe and makes it more comfortable. This product is more aimed at helping with any pain and discomfort from the bunion in shoes. It also assumes that you have a shoe that is big enough to fit it into, otherwise you may need to buy some more footwear.
Then there are the bunion toe separators that are similar to the Bunion Assassin, but tend to be more aimed at separating the big toe away from the next toe in an effort to correct the angle of the bunion. They are also typically worn during the day. There are also toe exercise belts that can be used to help exercise the big toe joint. This is important to keep the toe flexible and can be very helpful for some of the deep aches that can occur in the joint.
The different products that can be used for bunions have different purposes. Some are for use at night, some are for use in your regular shoes and others are for use in new wider shoes that you may need. It all depends on what might be causing you a problem with the bunion and what might be needed for your particular bunion as to which one you need to use. It is often a good idea to get professional advice if you are seriously concerned.
Craig Payne is a University lecturer, runner, cynic, researcher, skeptic, forum admin, woo basher, clinician, rabble-rouser, blogger and a dad.