All Things Bunions

bunion hallux valgusBunion pain relief is something we get asked about daily. Bunions are a condition that as a Pedorthist we see often. They are a malalignment of the big toe joint (also known as hallux valgus) causing a boney deformation on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be painful and problematic for fitting in footwear as well as cause damage to the joint cartilage leading to osteoarthritis.

Surgical options do exist to remove bunions and correct alignment. This is major orthopaedic surgery and is often only explored when pain is affecting your quality of life and limiting you from being able to perform regular activity.

As a Pedorthist we like to explore non-surgical devices to help slow the progression and alleviated symptoms associated with the bunion.

We have utilized just about every device under the sun and have come up with our top 4 for you!

Top 4 Devices For Bunion Pain Relief and Alignment

1. ORTHOTICS

custom orthotics for bunionsOrthotics are an important addition to your footwear to help slow the progression of bunion formation. When the big toe starts to deviate and the bunion begins to form, patients tend to stop flexing straight over the big toe and in turn begin to roll off the side toe when walking. This further causes the big toe to deviate thus creating a vicious cycle.

An orthotic can help to keep the foot in proper alignment promoting better mechanics and slowing the progression. Additions to orthotics can also be made to help alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis in the big joint. By adding some rigidity under the big toe joint in an orthotic can limit the amount of painful motion that happens at the joint.

2. HV3 BUNION BRACING SLEEVE

The HV3 Bunion Bracing Sleeve was created using a light-flex toe splint along with split-toe design to provide relief of bunion pain and help to keep the toe in a more anatomically correct position.

This devices offers mild compression to help with swelling and pain and is sleek enough in design to be worn inside most footwear.

bunion pain relief splint straightener

3. SILICONE BUNION SPACER & SHIELD

Bunion pain relief toe spacer

This devices is extremely useful do avoid painful friction and rubbing on the bunion from your footwear. This shield is combined with a toe spacer to help promote better big toe joint mechanics, slow progression of the bunion and reduce the risk of nail bed issues from pressure between the 1st and 2nd toe.

4. CUSTOM TOE SPACERS

A custom toe spacer is a device designed specifically for your foot. We us a silicone based moldable material to create custom devices to achieve proper alignment in one or multiple toes. Having a device custom made tends to be more comfortable and stays in place better than its off-the-shelf counterparts. The putty used takes only 5 minutes to cure so you can leave with the device on the same day!

custom toe spacer for bunion pain relief

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Do you want to learn more about how we can help? Want to order devices to alleviate your pain and slow the progression of your bunions?

Call us for more information (416) 887-4109