Bunion Correctors 101: What is a Bunion Corrector? June 24 2020

Do you have bunions? If so, you're far from alone. In fact, anyone at any age can be diagnosed with them, and they can arise from a multitude of factors.

In this blog post, we'll talk about what causes bunions and how a bunion corrector can help ease them on your foot without resorting to painful surgery. Read on for more information all about bunions and how bunion correctors can help ease the pain.

What is a Bunion?

The word bunion may sound funny, but it isn't a laughing matter. A bunion can be irritating, not to mention extremely painful.

A bunion itself describes the condition in which the big toe is pushed against the smaller toes. The big toe will either go over or under the toes, and the joint itself will begin to bulge outward, creating a wider frame of your foot. In some cases, the big toe's joint, otherwise known as the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, will bend inward, forcing the base of the joint to bend outward.

This is what creates the frame of the bunion, and why it can be so uncomfortable. Some people with bunions may need to cease activities until they can seek treatment, or wear different types of shoes or support.

Who Gets Bunions?

As we mentioned above, anyone can get bunions, no matter what age, ethnicity, or activity level. They occur most often from either having another medical condition, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

Other people who develop bunions are otherwise active but have issues with their feet such as flat feet or feet that are not properly supported during their activities.

Some people may also develop bunions as they age because it is hereditary. Individuals who are already prone to developing bunions, such as having gout or RA, or being genetically disposed, may also develop them by wearing improper shoes. Shoes that are pointy or do not have a wide toe-box can force the foot into an unnatural position that makes bunions more likely to form. 

How Are Bunions Treated?

Once bunions pass a certain level of severity, the only way they can be treated is via surgery. This is if the big toe joint is so severely skewed that it cannot be remedied with conservative treatment. In this type of surgery, the doctor will cut off any excess bone that has formed on the bunion. He or she will then straighten out the big toe, and keep it straight with a staple or metal screws.

Surgery, however, is a last-ditch resort and is used when individuals have already attempted more conservative treatment. Bunion correctors come under the umbrella of conservative treatment.

Other conservative treatments you can try with bunion correctors include avoiding pointy-toed shoes and high heels, and ensuring your toe box always has enough room for your bunion. You may also wish to wear moleskin or gel over your bunion when you're not wearing the bunion correctors. This can keep the skin from scraping against your shoe and rubbing it raw, which will cause even further problems with your bunion.

What is a Bunion Corrector?

A bunion corrector is a sleeve worn over your big toe that helps keep your foot in the place it should be. This will slowly mold your bunion into a straight position, giving you some relief from the pain and discomfort.

A bunion corrector will also protect your bunion from rubbing against the inside of your shoe so that it doesn't also create further problems like ulceration and sores.

You can wear the bunion corrector at night, or all day during your normal activities. Either way, it will help keep your big toe joint straight and stable, reducing some of the pain and pressure.

Who Wears a Bunion Corrector?

Anyone with a bunion can wear a bunion corrector. However, we don't recommend it for those who have more severe bunions. If your doctor has determined your bunion can only be treated with surgery because of its severity, our bunion correctors may not be for you.

You may wish to try it out to see how it helps until surgery, but our product was built specifically for those with mild to moderate bunions.

What Else Can I Do to Relieve Bunion Pain?

Wearing the bunion corrector is a fantastic first step to relieving bunion pain, but it isn't the entire solution. You may wish to go to a podiatrist and discuss orthotics or inserts that could help support the rest of your foot. These orthotics or inserts may help keep your bunion from getting worse and may prevent future bunions if you wear the corrector after having surgery.

You also may wish to ice the area, especially if you have mild pain or discomfort each day. This can help with swelling and make the pain easier to tolerate. You may also wish to take paracetamol or ibuprofen to help bring down the swelling or reduce the pain.

Purchasing a Bunion Corrector

Most GPs will recommend that you try conservative treatment for your bunions before they will even consider surgery. Of course, this is unless your bunions are extreme. 

A bunion corrector can be used as part of your conservative treatment, and help you relieve some of the pain that you have associated with the condition. If used early on in the development of a bunion, it may help you avoid surgery altogether.

Ready to purchase a bunion corrector? Click on the "How to Wear Guide" for an in-depth tutorial on wearing your corrector.