What does a bunion corrector do?
Anyone without foot conditions associated with hammer toes, bunions, and overlapping toes most likely haven't encountered these types of sleeves before. Unwittingly, they are very unusual products.
They can come in the form of gel or fabric sleeves that slide over your big toe or all of your toes, and some are designed to wrap your entire foot while separating the big toe. Forming a different design, the bunion splint will also have a straight rigid rod, which may or may not have hinges to provide flexibility.
Regardless of their design, they are designed to do one thing - prevent the big toes from touching the other toes by keeping them separated.
So why are you doing this?
The symptoms of a bunion -- aches and pains, swollen and sore skin, corns and calluses, etc. -- only get worse when the big toe rubs against the adjacent toes.
As this happens more and more frequently, this excessive contact forces the big toe to point more inward, while the attached foot bone sticks out. This causes the above symptoms to be amplified.
Now you can see how the bunion corrector/separator helps keep the big toe separated.
How about a bunion protector?
Most bunion braces and separators can also be classified as bunion protectors, but bunion protectors are not necessarily bunion braces or separators. Take the bunion pad, for example; it's only there to protect the bunion, but it doesn't keep it apart.
A bunion protector is simply a product that protects the bunion from friction inside the shoe. By protecting the bunion, inflammation and pain will be minimized.
How effective are they?
The effectiveness of bunion braces depends largely on the severity of the bunion.
For most people who don't need surgery, they work well for pain relief and reducing swelling, corns, and calluses.
They also slow down changes in the shape of the foot caused by the bone joints being pushed out. What used to be a comfy shoe is now tight, confining and painful. This can be easily avoided by wearing a pair of gel bunion braces instead of bunion splints, as the gel construction can be worn with the footwear.
Perhaps the term "bunion corrector" is a bit misleading, since they don't actually correct the bunion, but prevent it from getting worse.
The only way to truly correct a bunion is surgery. In most cases, this is a last resort for people with extreme pain and severe deformity. Even after surgery, there is still no guarantee that the bunion will go away with all symptoms.
Thankfully, many people who treat bunions before they get worse don't make it to the point of surgery. It's certainly a wise decision to follow suit and wear some form of bunion brace to stop the bunion from getting worse.
HOW WE CAN HELP
You may have a bunion if you experience pain, redness, and swelling in your big toe (or little toe) joint.
Unlike competing silicone products, the ZSZBACE Gel Big Toe Bunion Guard provides both superior cushioning AND protection from friction in a stretchy gel that conforms to the foot and fits inside most footwear.
The result? Our goal is for all bunion sufferers to comfortably walk or stand for longer periods throughout their day.
INSTANT BUNION RELIEF
Helps ease bunion pain by reducing friction, irritation, and pressure on bunion joint with luxuriously cushy gel design.
Alleviates and re-aligns overlapping, crooked toes. Separates the first and second toes to quickly eliminate rubbing and discomfort.
EASY & COMFORTABLE
Just slip over the hallux toe. Fits inside shoes and is comfortable enough to wear all day. Fits either left or right foot. One size fits most.