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Do bunion correctors actually correct bunions?

Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint of the foot and are commonly associated with what is known as hallux valgus that is a deviation of the great toe towards the outside. They may or may not be painful, but the likelihood of them to be painful is great. For that reason prevention and therapy is typically indicated. They certainly tend to be progressive and become worse over time. Really the only way to get rid of bunions is with surgery, but that is not necessarily a good option at first. One of many ways that they may very well be treated is by using what is known as bunion correctors, however they are usually accompanied by the question, do they work? They are splints or braces put on during the night to attempt to correct the deviation of big toe to improve its appearance.

A great deal is determined by what is understood by “working”. There is a lot of opinion as to them both working and not working with almost no scientific research. There is one published scientific study which did show that the angle of the great toe will be improved by a few degrees after one months use, but this was not a study of any longer than that one month. So, yes, it does appear that bunion correctors can work in the short term at improving the angle of the hallux valgus or bunion a few degrees.

Aside from that piece of research all we can depend on is expert thoughts and opinions about bunion correctors. The majority of that opinion is in line with that study. Nonetheless, it also looks like even if the use of the bunion corrector does not improve the angle of the big toe or hallux or just improves it a tiny amount, it is entirely possible that the corrector could go a long way to preventing the condition from becoming even worse. That is important as bunions are progressive. The splint can also be beneficial at stretching out the ligaments surrounding the joint and that can be useful with pain inside the joint.