A bunion night splint is one of many bunion recovery products available over the counter. It is a device that is worn over a bare foot that gently straightens and strengthens the big toe ligament back into a proper alignment. They are highly recommended for patients with a mild bunion who want to avoid surgery. Since most bunion splints are difficult to walk in or to fit in shoes, many people opt for a bunion night splint simply for convenience.
A bunion splint works by stretching out the muscles and tendons in the big toe, which helps correct the underlying cause of a bunion and relieves the continuous ache many people experience. This helps a bunion from getting worse and in many cases can help a person suffering from bunions avoid costly surgery altogether if worn continuously. Many doctors of patients suffering from bunions will recommend a bunion splint in lieu of surgery.
Bunion splints come in many shapes and sizes. There are many varieties of night versions designed to be worn while off your feet, and others designed to be worn while walking. There are even hybrid units with hinges that allow for walking and night use. All of these devices require wider fitting shoes if you wish to wear them during the day. All quality bunion splints should be washable and made of a breathable material so your foot doesn’t sweat too much.
Before you resort to surgery, you should try picking up a bunion day splint, a bunion night splint or a hinged bunion splint to try to aid in bunion correction.