If you are looking at a bunion corrector or splint as a means of finding some relief from bunion symptoms, then they might provide that for you while you use them.
But if you are looking at such devices as a means of actually shifting your toe and joint back to their correct positions, we are sorry to say it just won’t happen that way.
While splints and bunion correctors can help relieve some of the symptoms of a bunion, such as pain and friction, they aren’t able to address the root cause of the deformity. They may force the toe back into proper alignment while you wear them, but the instability of the ligaments, tendons, and other tissues in your joints simply means your toe isn’t going to stay in that position once these devices are removed.
The only lasting solution for bunion correction is bunion surgery. Not only can the bones be realigned, but the instability in the joint can be directly addressed via different procedures to lengthen, shorten, or reconstruct tissues as needed.
A bunion splint and similar tools can serve great post-operative purposes, though, as they can help hold the toes in place and keep them protected during the recovery period.
If you have further questions about bunion treatment and correction, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help you.