Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums

You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members, upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, access other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisements in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!

  1. Everything that you are ever going to want to know about running shoes: Running Shoes Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Have you considered the Critical Thinking and Skeptical Boot Camp, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Have you considered the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Have you considered the Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp Online, for taking it to the next level? See here for more.
Dismiss Notice
Have you liked us on Facebook to get our updates? Please do. Click here for our Facebook page.
Dismiss Notice
Do you get the weekly newsletter that Podiatry Arena sends out to update everybody? If not, click here to organise this.

The bunion correctors - do they work?

Do the bunion correctors work?

Tags:

Not sure how I got to write about this one!

We have all seen those bunion correctors (like these) being widely touted in social media and other places as a way to cure bunions (which have turned up a lot for me in the last few days as I clicked on a link about them). This did prompt me to blog about one example that was really pathetic (see: Bunion corrector gullibility). Not sure what is worse, those who are gullible to believe that or the author who thinks people are that gullible to believe him!

It is interesting getting others opinions on the use of these bunion correctors and those views and opinions are quite mixed, especially in the context of the limited available evidence for them.

Podiatry Arena has had a few threads on them, reflecting that diversity of opinion:
Hallux Valgus Night Splints...
Dynamic Splinting for Hallux Limitus and Valgus


Do they work?
Depends what you mean by work? This study reports that yes they can help improve the hallux angle by a few degrees after a month of use. But that is all the evidence there is, so we have to go with that. Nothing on the long term use and nothing on if that improvement regresses after stopping their use and if it does, how quickly. So many questions!

My Opinion:
I like them for patients, not necessarily because the may improve the angle of the hallux, but because they help keep the joint mobile and that has to be a good thing. I also get the impression that this increased mobility does help with some of the symptoms if the pain is deep inside the joint.

Rate This Article:
/5,