Bunion correctors are braces or splints that are used at night and are meant to help the positioning of the great toe in people who have bunions. Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe joint of the foot that is connected with what is known as a valgus alignment of the great toe. The brace supports the great toe or hallux in the ideal place throughout sleep in order to correct the alignment. There certainly is a great deal of discourse regarding if this actually works or not. The trouble with the theory is that bunions are caused by a mix of a hereditary component, foot biomechanics and also the use of tight improperly fitted footwear. So in the daytime which you have all those forces making the bunion along with the hope is that using the bunion corrector during the night time over comes those forces that happen when walking throughout the day, which is most likely not possible.
And so should you use bunion correctors? There is some research that they could definitely improve the angle of the big toe or hallux by a few degrees after a month or so of use. There's been no study completed to see if that progress gets any better with a longer term use or if that improvement is just short lived in case you stop using the brace. Despite that, many experts recommend still using them even though they don't improve the angle of the toe much. The reason being, even though bunion correctors don't correct the toe, they may still keep the toe mobile and flexible which is a beneficial thing for that joint over the longer term as the bunion ailment progresses. Along with using these correctors additionally it is most likely crucial that you get professional advice about the best shoes to wear to avoid the bunion from getting any worse and also do some exercises to improve the muscle strength about the joint.