Bunions make walking miserable. The conspicuous bump around the toe joint, is caused when the bone has been forcibly angled toward the inside of the foot.
Bunions make walking miserable. The conspicuous bump around the toe joint, is caused when the bone has been forcibly angled toward the inside of the foot, so that, in many cases the big toe rests over or under the second toe. In response to the pain bunions cause, individuals change their walking to try and avoid putting pressure on it, negatively impacting their posture and body alignment. Developing bunions may be the result of hereditary factors, arthritis, or leg length incongruities. Women who wear high heels or pointed shoes are likely candidates for developing bunions. Initial treatment for bunions may include changing footwear and the use of a bunion splint. If you’ve ever wondered if bunion splints are truly an answer to your painful problem, the answer is a satisfying yes.
Types of Bunion Splints
Rigid bunion splints are anatomically-shaped, immobilization devices that gradually stretch tendons and toe muscles to prevent further bunion development, while simultaneously guiding the big toe toward normal alignment. The splint includes a brace that holds the big toe in place, correcting its position. The lining is padded with soft foam to shelter inflamed deep tissues and relieve pressure mitigating bunion pain.
Soft bunion splints are composed of lightweight, soft foam that is designed to reduce pressure in the shoe, realign the big toe, and stretch tendons and toe muscles. Soft bunion splints are not effective for moderate or severe bunions as the firm foam splint lacks the strength to correct the alignment of the big toe. This type of bunion splint is usually worn at night to help feet while keeping feet comfortable.
Hinged bunion splints are a combination of soft and rigid bunion splints. The major advantage of a hinged bunion splint is the hinge which allows the big toe to flex when walking and that also adapts to the contour of the irritated joint area. Along with the corrective features of both the rigid and soft bunion splints, hinged bunion splints reduce toe joint strain and enhance the distribution of pressure throughout the foot. Hinged splints are strong and durable, but very thin and lightweight.
For the most part, bunion splints alleviate bunion pain instantly, which helps individuals immeasurably in coping with their condition. When used correctly, the pressure on the foot is redistributed from the big toe area and proper toe alignment is maintained. Splints that are properly fitted and used consistently correct the angle of the big toe.
Splints cannot cure bunions completely, but most individuals will find their condition is greatly alleviated. For bunions that continue to cause excruciating pain, bunion surgery may be advised to correct the bunion permanently. Surgery is a last resort to relieve bunion pain and correct the deformity as much as possible.
Bunion splints are reasonably priced and simple to use. They are washable and durable enough to last for years. Some splints are coated with an anti-bacterial finish that helps prevent infections and odors.
If you have a bunion that is impacting your life, get relief now. Here at Foot Sensation Custom Orthotics, we have a full range of pedorthic services with a wide range of accessories to meet your individual foot needs. Give us a call today, or visit one of our convenient locations in Toronto or Etobicoke.