According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, 55% of women have bunions. Bunions are more common in women than in men; those who have a genetic predisposition to bunions, low arches, flat feet, and loose joints and tendons are at a greater risk. Before considering going under the knife, let’s discover 5 Ways to Get Rid of a Bunion without Surgery.
There are many over-the-counter treatments to consider when correcting a bunion. Some are effective, and some are not. I have chosen the top 5 bunion correctors in the market based on their efficacy and customer reviews.
1. Compact, Wearable Daytime, Bunion Seperator
The ZenToes Toe Separators are made with medical grade silicone; they are compact and wearable for daytime in comfortable shoes like sneakers. Customers rave about how comfortable they feel on the skin. However, they warn the separators can feel snug or tight at the beginning, but after a few times, they say one gets used to the fit. One customer even mentioned she bought a 4-pack for her boyfriend, and it alleviated his Morton’s Neuroma pain. Customers suggest this is not an overnight solution, and thus, one should wear the separators for weeks before seeing results.
2. Flexible, Soft, Bunion Splint
The Bunion Care Bootie by Dortz is made with an ergonomic design, soft materials, and a built in medical plate to correct the bunion. Customers say it’s wearable 24/7, but shoes need be wide enough to support the bootie. They say the bootie is fully adjustable and easy to put on. Customers see a difference in their pain and in their bunion in as little as one week.
3. Adjustable, Comfortable, Bunion Brace
The Bunion Corrector by Roocke can be worn around the clock, 24 hours. The hinged bunion aid splint enables your toes and feet to move naturally while keeping their alignment. Some customers explain the corrector can slip off during tossing and turning at nighttime. Some say it stays on. Overall, the consensus seems it is comfortable to wear and walk in even though it looks bulky. I couldn’t find reviews on how long it took customers to see a pain or bunion difference, but the corrector boasts of 306 reviews, of which 74% are 5 stars.
4. Durable, Washable, Bunion Sleeve
The Orthopedic Bunion Corrector by Alayna can be used daily in nearly all types of shoes. The side gel pad acts as a buffer to shield the sensitive bunion area to prevent painful rubbing from occurring. While the title of this product contains the word “corrector”, customer reviews reveal this sleeve helps mostly for relieving bunion pain rather than correcting the bunion. I would recommend one use this sleeve in conjunction with a corrector, for best results.
5. Corrector, Nighttime, Bunion Splint
The Bunion Corrector by Quanquer restores natural alignment. It uses an integrated aluminum splint brace to supply gentle pressure to keep the big toe aligned for hallux valgus pain relief. The splint is recommended for nighttime, however, customers say they use it in the daytime too. Some customers experienced some type of pain on this splint. Others say the pain was temporary and that it was worth it, as the splint helped realign their bunions and big toes.
When to Consider Bunion Surgery
If you have an honest and caring Podiatrist, s/he will use surgery as the last option. S/he will recommend all possible treatments for your bunion: like padding, splints, medication, physical therapy, and even orthotics before advising for surgery. If your bunion pain persists, perhaps surgery is your last resort. If this is the case, talk with your doctor about the procedure and postoperative instructions to make a more informed decision.
Medical Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.
High Heels for Women with Bunions
Integrates the Ilene Berg Patented Comfort Technology
• German Engineered
• Side Stretch Panel
• Leather Upper, Footbed, and Lining
• Ankle Strap with Buckle Enclosure
• 1 inch Platform
• 4 inch Heel
Ideal for Wide Widths and Bunions
• Discrete side comfort stretch material for bunions
• Wider toe box helps prevent toes from being squished
• Air Technology System helps absorb shock
• 5x more cushion (than traditional heels) comforts the foot from heel to toes
The Samara Bootie has a wider toe box to accommodate wide widths, and it has a side mesh-stretch panel which adjusts to the unique shape of your foot, exactly in the bunion area. This means your bunion will not rub or make friction with your shoe. The soft and discrete mesh panel allows for your bunion to rest comfortably while you stand, walk, and dance hours on end.
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