Bunion Protectors & Bunion Pads
Bunion Cushions can be worn in all shoes and are used to protect painful bunions from direct shoe pressure.
What is the treatment for bunions?
Bunion pads or shields can reduce pressure on the bunion depending on the severity of the bunion and severity of the bunion. Custom insole orthotics address underlying biomechanical causes such as over pronation and slow the progression of the bunion. Local injection of cortisone can often relieve inflammation of the joint at the base of the big toe.
Constant pressure or friction can lead infection that may require antibiotic therapy and skin breakdown. Patients should avoid irritating the bunion again by optimising footwear and foot care when the measures above are effective in relieving symptoms.
What Are Bunions Pads?
The primary objective of bunion pads is to protect the MTP joint from the pressure and pain that occur while wearing certain types of shoes. Bunion pads are designed in such a way that they are thins enough to fit comfortably into your favorite shoes and are typically made of moleskin. If your shoes are too tight, bunion pads will make the pain and pressure worse, but if your shoes are broad enough to accommodate the pad, they can relieve bunion pain.
What are the Difference Between Bunion Sleeves and Pads?
Bunion sleeves and pads overlap and are very similar in many areas. The main difference is that bunion pads are small and are made just to cover your bunion while sleeves cover a more extensive area of your foot. Some individuals prefer one style over the other, but both devices serve the same function.
For example, Some may favor bunion pads because they can be worn with various styles of footwear and are more discreet while other may prefer sleeves since they can be worn as a regular sock, less liable to fall off and may be more convenient and comfortable.
What To Consider When Selecting a Bunion Corrector
Selecting the best bunion corrector for your specific needs depends upon your objective and activity, there are other factors you also need to consider such as:
Thickness: To ensure a bunion corrector protects you against friction and scraping, you’ll want to make sure the bunion pad or sleeve has a thick and quality protective layer.
Show Fit: The bulkiness and how well the corrector will fit in your favorite shoes is also an essential factor to be considered. Remember that pads are more subtle while sleeves will likely be visible with open toe shoes or sandals.
The severity of Misalignment: Your bunions might also involve misaligned toes in most cases. Some models of bunion sleeves and pads use toe bunion or separators splints to help realign your toes. Think carefully if this feature is something, you need or not.
Activity: Keep in mind all the types of events you will be doing. A more comprehensive and full-foot bunion pads corrector rather than just pads may be required for outdoor adventurers.
Is it possible to prevent bunions?
Bunion development can be slow down with the proper custom functional shoe inserts (orthotics) and supportive shoe gear if the diagnosis is made early on. Avoidance of specific athletic activities can prevent the symptoms that occur during bunions. Early podiatrist examination is recommended.
What is the prognosis of a bunion?
The prognosis of the treatments described above can be excellent and are very useful in treating bunion deformities. However, accurate diagnosis is essential to define the bunion severity as well as any underlying associated malformations. A bunion is a progressive deformity and can cause instability to the rest the foot and sometimes lead to arthritis in the joint. Therefore, we recommend you consult a foot specialist to evaluate a bunion.
The severe signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- Intermittent or persistent pain in the area
- Painful or limited movement of your big toe
- Soreness or swelling around your big toe joint
- Hard bump enlarging from side of pinky or small toe (bunionette)
Why and how bunions develop
Bunions develop slowly, and the pressure on the toe joint causes it to lean toward the next toe. The regular structure of the bone changes, leading to bunion bump over time. Abnormal pressure and motion on the joint forces bend toward the others, and tissue or bone at the joint and at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. It may be painful to wear shoes or walk as deformity increase gradually. Bunions can happen to anyone but occur most time in women due to wearing shoes that’s narrow, which squeeze the front toes together.
Common causes include:
- Foot injuries
- Deformities during birth
- Inherited foot disorder or movement
A bunion can negatively affect your job performance, activities and overall well-being. Ensure you see a doctor, a Podiatrist who can diagnose and treat conditions of the ankle, foot, and related structures of the leg if pain, swelling or any other discomfort persists. The doctor will help you find a solution to make you feel better.