A bunion (hallux valgus) is a bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe, forming when your big toe pushes against the next toe. On a rare occasion, bunions can also affect the outside of your foot at the base of your pinky toe. This type of bunion is referred to as a bunionette or tailor's bunion.
While a bunionectomy (bunion removal surgery) is the only way to truly correct your crooked big toe, bunion surgery is an expensive option that requires a long recovery period. A splint pulls your toe back into proper alignment, slowing bunion progression and formation. Though splinting isn’t a quick, overnight fix, it is a long-term management solution that can help relieve pain and discomfort caused by hallux valgus.
Corrective toe separators can be for treatment of these conditions:
While the exact cause is unknown, it is believed that bunions are caused by multiple factors including genetics, certain medical conditions, and tight shoes. Unsurprisingly, a family history of bunions increases the likelihood that you will develop them as well. Various medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and arthritis have also been linked to the formation of bunions.
The three types of arthritis that cause bunions include:
While it is still up for debate, many doctors and scientists believe that wearing tight shoes can actually result in bunions. If you suffer from bunions, we recommend taking a break from your high heels and consulting with your doctor. A comfortable, roomy pair of sneakers or running shoes will give your sore toe joint some much-needed breathing space.
Depending on the severity, bunions may or may not cause any symptoms. Common signs include pain, pressure, irritations, and sometimes complications like bursitis. In some cases, symptoms and pain can be severe, resulting in trouble walking (read more about common walking injuries) and a distorted appearance of your foot. You might also experience reddening of your skin near or on the bunion.
Bunions will only get worse with time. So it’s a good idea to prevent further deformity and pain with a support as soon as possible.
This adjustable bunion pad is made of ultra soft, open-cell foam and nylon lining for a cool, comfortable fit during extended wear.
An integrated aluminum splint gently realigns your big toe to slow the progression and formation of bunions, reducing friction, inflammation, and pressure for comfortable pain relief.
This bunion straightener will not slip or bunch and can easily be worn with socks and most styles of shoes throughout the day, if necessary.
We understand that pain and discomfort do not stop when the sun goes down. Our comfortable and padded, bedtime toe corrector provides moderate realignment of your big toe during the night.
Adjust the durable, ergonomic toe guard to achieve the perfect fit around your big toe. Simply pull diagonally for greater inward torque to straighten your metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP joint).
As previously mentioned, braces are designed to relieve pain, not cure your bunions. Surgery is typically only performed if you have intolerable bunion pain that has severely disrupted your lifestyle and non-surgical methods of bunion treatment fail. Directly after surgery, your doctor will likely recommend wearing a bunion boot. Once you’ve made a full recovery, this soft bunion splint can help prevent the recurrence of bunions!
You might want to consider bunion surgery if you...
As always, we recommend discussing any pain you may be experiencing and your options for bunion surgery with your doctor.
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