Using A Splint Device To Treat Bunions

If you have bunions and do not want to go through a surgical operation at this time, then you can think about non-surgical options that include the use of a bunion splint. This is a product that requires a customized fit and your podiatrist can assist you with this. Continue reading to find out more about the splint and how to use it. 

What Is a Bunion Splint?

A bunion splint is a product that is meant to prevent or prolong the need for surgical intervention. There are a few different types of devices that work to either straighten the big toe or to provide support, strength, and cushioning. The most basic of all the splints is the toe splint that looks a lot like the bendable device used when a finger or toe is broken. This splint is sometimes referred to as a bunion regulator and it is meant for support and cushioning alone. This is also true of flexible brace devices that slip over the foot and toe and attach with the help of velcro straps. These may be called bunion guards.

Splints that straighten the toe and work to hold the joint in a healthier position are often referred to as corrector splints. These devices have a few different parts to straighten, stretch, and protect. You are likely to see a piece called a toe spacer that sits in between the big toe and the second-largest toe. This stretches the big toe and forces the tip to move more towards the outside of the foot. A straightening device may also be included that sits along the outer edge of the foot and keeps the toe in a straight position. A sleeve or a full boot or cover is used for this. 

How Do You Use The Bunion Splint?

Splints are fairly easy to use, and since they are made for your feet, you can ensure comfort and feel. However, the splints are often not very comfortable, especially if they are made to actually repair or fix the bunion. For this reason, the splints are often used at night and your podiatrist will tell you how long to wear it. You can start with a two to three hour wear period before bed and then increase to all nightwear period while you sleep.

If you have a splint that provides cushion and support, then you can wear these devices all day long. They are meant to wear in your shoes, but you should purchase wide ones. This prevents the splint from placing too much pressure on the bunion, which can actually make the situation worse. 

For more solutions on how you can handle your bunions, talk to a bunion treatment specialist today.