Bunion Splints: Conservative Treatment for Daily Pain
Type this question into Google or Bing, and you’ll find an array of images that show these devices. If a bump has developed near the base of your big toe, you’ve likely looked for treatment options online – hoping for a quick fix. Daily pain is a constant reminder that action is necessary. However, many people hope to avoid surgery at all costs, and so they don’t visit their podiatrist. At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, conservative methods are always a priority, and surgery is a last resort.
A bunion typically forms as a result of poor foot mechanics. Once developed, it further affects gait and the way in which weight is distributed across the feet. Unfortunately, these changes don’t just cause problems with the feet—the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back are also impacted. A custom orthotic might be a great option for someone without this deformity, but these specialized inserts are not enough when the bones are misaligned. Bunion splints are valuable medical devices used to address these issues.
Can I Make My Own Bunion Splint?
You can find “how to” instructions on creating your own homemade splint, but it’s not advised. While this MacGyver type effort might keep you busy, it’s best to leave realignment to Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS, your bunion experts in Austin, TX.
Foot specialists have often used taping methods to address this bump by the joint of the big toe. A splint takes that to the next level, and gives you an easy-on, easy-off option that will increase compliance and decrease your pain.
Bunion Splints: What You Should Know
There are a variety of bunion splints on the market. Our office typically recommends the Bunion Aid Medial Mid-Foot Brace or the Bunion Aid Treatment Splint. The goal of these splints is to secure the big toe through the use of a “holder” which is bound to the middle part of the foot. This creates tension that holds the toe into place. The arches of the foot provide support as well in a well-designed device. Separating the first and second toes is another goal.
All splints are not created equally, so it’s important to discuss your unique needs with our bunion experts. Rigid devices are used at night, because you cannot be mobile while wearing one. These can be custom made for your unique foot. Standard straight splints are available for general use. Softer versions that flex are available for day wear, with the same goal of proper alignment of the great toe.
Post-Operative and Corrective Wear
Compliance is key for the success of any medical device, and bunion splints are no exception. Following your treatment plan will ensure the best results. Whether you’re recovering from bunion surgery, or you’re using the device to treat the deformity – call right away with questions or problems. Our trained staff will address your concerns, and help you get back on track. Never stop treatment on your own. Remember, a bunion can recur, so proper post-op care and rehabilitation is critical.
A bunion can cause daily pain, but you don’t have to suffer. Conservative treatment measures are available and effective. Call (512) 328-8900 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS, or request one online. Your feet deserve expert care, and we look forward to serving you