Bunions can be extremely painful and quite hard to get rid of if you do not know what you are doing. Thankfully you can buy bunion correctors that can help ease pain and get rid of them once and for all. Bunions also referred to as hallux valgus, develop if the bone or tissue found on the bottom of the big toe becomes misaligned. Constant excessive force and stress on the joint causes the big toe to bend towards the smaller toes, resulting in an unpleasant bump on the big toe.
When your big toe is misaligned like this it will cause the big toe joint to bear an excessive amount of weight whilst standing, walking or running, this can often lead to acute and continuous pain. The big toe joint might also become inflexible and sore making it hard for you to wear shoes.
Are high heel shoes to blame?
Bunions are usually caused by a genetic deposition affecting the anatomy of your feet making you more susceptible to developing them. However bunions can also be brought on by biomechanical imbalances that occur when you walk or through wearing ill fitting shoes such as high heels.
Women develop bunions far more frequently than men, this is because women often wear high heels which have narrow toe boxes which push their big toe into an unnatural position.
Some individuals that have flexible joints manage to cope better with their bunions, But those who have stiffer joints or suffer from arthritis or gout tend to have more problems associated with their bunions and often get pain earlier. If you have a bunion, it is a good idea to go see a podiatrist. A Podiatrist will examine your feet and will look at what caused your bunion to develop and will then be able to suggest a number of treatments to help you better manage your bunion.
Now that we know how they develop how can we got about treating them?
Treatment without surgery
All bunions are permanent unless they are surgically removed, however there are still some steps that you can take to help to halt a bunion’s development and ease pain.
For most individuals who have bunions, it simply is a simple case of changing their footwear to better fitting shoes. The best shoes that you can wear are those that have are low-heeled, with a wide toe box toes.
There are also other steps that you can take to help relieve your painful symptoms such as:
-Maintaining a normal weight. This helps to decrease the stress places on the big toe when you walk.
-Protect the bunion using a gel bunion pad that will help to cushion the bunion and support it in the correct position.
-Wear insoles or footbeds that help to correct biomechanical imbalances and position in your into a more natural position. There are a range of different insoles that you can buy that can not only help ease your bunion pain but also help you avoid other injuries such as plantar fasciitis. You can check out our great range of shoes insoles here.
-Wear a bunion night splint whilst you sleep. Night splints keep your big toe straight whilst you sleep helping to ease pain and stop the bunion from getting worse.
-Wear heel grips inside your shoes to stop your feet from moving around in your shoes which will prevent your big toe joint from rubbing against the side of your shoes.
-Anti inflammatory drugs can help to reduce inflammation around the joint easing pain and discomfort around the big toe joint.
When do you need to think about surgery to remove them?
If you have a bunion that is causing you severe pain then surgery might be required.
Your GP might also propose surgery to help prevent other foot problems such as bursitis, hammertoes, , or pain in the balls of your feet that can all occur through having a bunion. Bunion surgery may be preformed on mild or acute cases. The aim of surgery should be to realign the big toe to the correct position. During surgery a surgeon will adjust the bones, ligaments, tendons found around the big toe joint back into the correct position, and will then remove the bump.
The Correctors listed below are generally worn to ease bunions, many of these correctors will do so by immobilizing and shielding the big toe joint, enabling it to heal properly. Using a Bunion Corrector helps realign the big toe and takes away excessive stress on the big toe joint, this helps to minimize swelling and pain. Here at Shoewawa we offer a wide range of bunion protectors and pads to help you get back on your feet..
1.Gel bunion pads.
First on our list are Gel bunion pads which are often made from silicone gel and attach onto the big toe. Gel pads are often lightweight and can be worn with or without shoes. They are designed to help support the big toe in a natural position as well as protect the joint from shock and excessive pressure.
-Light weight, discreet and non bulky means you can wear these in any of your favourite shoes.
-Easy to put on
-Absorbs shock and helps to protect and support your bunion.
-May take a while for you to get used to wearing them.
2. Toe separators
Toe separators are compact bendy piece of plastic which are positioned in-between the big toe and the second toe. Toe separators can help those that have bunions that have developed because of an angled toe.
-They provide almost instant relief
-Discreet and can be worn in almost any shoes
-Toe separators are washable and can be reused a countless number of times.
-Can take a while for you to get used to wearing a toe separator and can be uncomfortable to wear if your bunion is severe
-Wearing toe separators can cause hygiene issues such as fungal infections due to bacteria accumulating on the toe separator.
3. Toe straighteners
Toe straighteners AKA bunions splints are used to help realign your toes as you sleep.
-Durable and comfortable to wear.
-Provide almost instant bunion relief.
-Reusable and can be washed quite easily.
-Toe separators are quite bulky this making them impossible to wear inside shoes.
-For proper foot hygiene you will need to be clean them regularly to prevent the build up of bacteria on them.
4. Bunion sleeves
A bunion sleeve is simply a piece of fabric which wraps around the big toe whilst holding onto the ball of the foot. These sleeves are designed to help gently realign the big toe and also
help to protect and cushion the bunion from pressure which may cause further damage to the affected joint or bunion.
-Can be worn inside just about any sort of footwear you can think of.
-Easy to put on.
-Can be reused and unlimited amount of times.
-Extremely comfortable to wear.
-Bunion sleeves need to be cleaned on a regular basis for proper foot hygiene.
-They may not fit people with wider than normal feet.
Why you should use bunion correctors
As stated above, the goal of a bunion corrector is not really to get rid of the bunion but to provide relief for those waiting for surgery. Here are three of the main reasons as to why you should be thinking about buying a bunion correctors.
To relieve pain
A bunion corrector are specially designed to help to realign the big toe and reduce the pressure and pain bunions cause. Moreover, just about all correctors incorporate a pad to support bunion and protect it from further damage.
Help prevent other foot injuries
If left untreated, bunions can cause numerous other foot problems such as hammer toes, corns and calluses. Therefore, it is essential to deal with them right away and wear correctors to prevent them from getting any worse.
Help you to wear normal shoes again
Misaligned toes caused by the development of bunions may stop you from being able to wear your favourite shoes. Luckily, you are able wear correctors to help to reposition your toes making it a lot easier for your feet to be able to fit into your favourite shoes again!
Tips to think about when buying a pair of bunion protectors
Correctors can very easily help to provide a environment that fungal and bacterial infections can thrive in if they are not correctly cleaned or changed regularly. That is why, it’s essential to buy correctors that are super easy to clean and that dry fairly soon after cleaning them.
You should make sure that your affected toe is as comfortable as it can possibly be to prevent your bunion from getting worse. If you have a severe bunion you might want to buy a gel bunion pad over buying a toe separators as gel pads tend to provide gentler and more comfortable support and protection.
Correctors are available in range of different prices. However you do not have to spend a lot of money on a corrector. Many people have great success with low budget correctors that only cost them £4!
How are you going to use them?
It is necessary to grasp how frequently you will need to wear your bunion corrector for prior to buying one. To illustrate, a splint works most effectively when used for occasional use whilst a toe protector is most beneficial for individuals that wear the corrector each and every day.
Alternative treatments for bunions
Should the correctors above do not help to ease your symptoms, it is essential that you see a GP or a Portraitist who will be best fit to advise you on other treatments that you can try to help ease your pain.