As a podiatrist, one of the most common issues we encounter in our office are bunions. With that said it is also very common for us to hear, “Do those splints really work?” Don’t be fooled by infomercials or local shoe stores trying to take your dollar because bunion splints will not correct your bunion. Let me explain.
Bunions are hereditary and occur due to an abnormal pull of one of the tendons (peroneus longus tendon) in your foot. As you walk without support, this tendon’s pull becomes more and more abnormal. As the peroneus longus tendon pulls it causes the big toe to deviate and a large bump will develop on the side of your foot. It is because of the abnormal pull of the peroneus longus tendon as to why a bunion splint will not “cure” or “fix” your bunion.
Bunions are not strictly a soft tissue problem, but rather a problem with the bone as well. If not addressed correctly, the bunion could continue to progress. As with any surgical procedure, it is not recommended to have your bunion fixed unless it is truly causing pain. Other associated findings with bunions include pain under your second toe, calluses and arthritis to name a few.
So if a bunion splint doesn’t work, what does?
I’m glad you asked. For starters it is imperative to get you into a custom orthotic to halt your bunion deformity from getting worse. The next order of business is decreasing inflammation from the constant rubbing, which can be achieved with an injection within the joint or an oral/topical anti-inflammatory. If all else fails, then surgical intervention is warranted. Depending on the type of procedure performed for your bunion, which will be determined by your surgeon, the recovery time can be anywhere from 2-3 months.
If you or a loved one are dealing with a painful bunion, or if you just want more information about your non painful bunion, call us at Healthy Feet Podiatry for a consult.