08 Sep Do Night Splints Help Bunions?
What Treatments Work Best for Bunions?
Bunions can be painful and unsightly. Fortunately, there are some excellent treatments that allow you to correct bunions without surgery. If you have bunions, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Talk to your podiatrist about simple, nonsurgical treatments to ease your bunion pain.
Also called a bunion separator, this is a flexible sleeve that fits over the toe and part of the foot. The sleeve places a separator between the big toe and the toe next to it while leaving the rest of the toes free to move.
These sleeves can be made of gel or fabric. They are soft and flexible to allow full movement of your toes.
A bunion corrector allows you to walk and sleep without pain. While a corrector doesn’t heal a bunion, it keeps the bunion from getting worse. To get the best results, wear your corrector as often as possible.
If your corrector is too bulky for the shoes you plan to wear, a bunion pad is a good temporary alternative. A bunion pad is a small circle of felt with an adhesive backing.
This protector won’t help heal your bunion, but it will protect it from the pain of wearing shoes. You can stick the pad inside your shoe or directly on your bunion.
A bunion tube wraps around your toe to protect it from friction and pain. It’s slender and unobtrusive, so you can wear it with shoes. A bunion tube can also help people suffering from hammertoes, overlapping toes, and corns.
A bunion splint or night splint is a plastic corrective device that wraps around the foot. The splint holds the affected toe straight while protecting it from the other toes.
Some splints let the toe move normally, but others keep the toe stiff. Your doctor can prescribe the right type for your bunion.
Some doctors call these devices night splints because you can’t wear them with shoes. Use your splint when you’re home and when you sleep.
A bunionette is a bunion on the small toe. This is also known as a tailor’s bunion.
Bunionette protectors are made specifically for the small toe.
Home care for Bunions
Your doctor can prescribe treatments, but is there anything you can do at home to help soothe your aching feet? If you have bunions, try these home care strategies. Used with your bunion corrector and splint, they can help you get relief.
- Massage: Gentle massage with a soothing oil is a good way to relieve any foot pain. Massage your feet and ankles to enhance the effects of your toe massage.
- Soak: Soak your feet in warm water. To make your soak more effective, add Epsom salts to the water.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to the affected toe. Ice reduces swelling and numbs the pain.
- Comfortable shoes: Wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe box.
Is Surgery Necessary?
You should consider surgery if other treatments don’t help. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of bunion surgery.
Get Help for Your Bunions
If you have a bunion, there’s no need to suffer. Contact Shuman Podiatry. We can prescribe safe, non-invasive treatments that will help you get relief from bunion pain.