Can a bunion splint cure a bunion?

A bunion splint is used to straighten the great toe. Many companies market these devices as being able to correct a bunion deformity. Unfortunately, unless the bunion is only caused by contraction of the soft tissue. This rarely, if ever, is the case.

A bunion splint is often recommended after surgery to maintain the correction and prevent soft tissue contracture. It also can be used before surgery to loosen the soft tissue surrounding the joint. There are also bunion pads that are useful in cushioning the pressure of a shoe on the bump on the side of the foot.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.