Looking for a rapid and effective way of enjoying those long walks without worrying about painful bunions? Would you like to be able to wear your favorite elegant shoes with no pain involved? The Bunion Silicone Covers are the perfect solution!
POSTPONE YOUR NEED FOR SURGERY: Nothing can replace corrective bunion surgery, but our cushions, pads, spacers, and shields often provide enough relief that you can get back to your normal routine if you are unsure about your options. Stop struggling with foot pain and find immediate relief with our standard shields.
DESIGNED AS BUNION CORRECTOR AND BUNION RELIEF – This bunion sleeve is specifically designed to soothe bunions and make our life more comfortable. Cushions and supports the bunion area so your steps can become pain-free again.
These qualities and more make these socks great for treating:
Designed to prevent twisting and bunching. We know that you do more than just sit around all day. Our gels are designed to stay in place with active movement.
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Why The Bunion Silicone Cover?
- Split toe design and cushioned toe pocket, removing friction and rubbing.
- Fine merino wool blend, keeping your feet dry and comfortable.
- Light compression throughout, helping to energize your feet.
- Arch support, for additional foot comfort.
Who Can Benefit From Wearing The Bunion Socks?
The bunion relief sock places the big toe into a separate pocket from the other toes. This gives your big toe and second toe the much-needed relief from friction that tends to build up throughout the day. The lack of friction between those toes means a potential lack of soreness, calluses, and corns
Misalignment of the Forefoot / Big Toe
Hallux valgus, more commonly known as a bunion, is one of the most common misalignments of the forefoot and toes. In general, it is a condition affecting more women than men.
This is due to womens' tendency to squeeze their feet into tight, high-heeled shoes, although it is also likely to occur in those with a hereditary predisposition or who have weakened connective tissue (due to e.g. pregnancy, medication, obesity).
The signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe.
- Swelling, redness, or soreness around your big toe joint.
- Corns or calluses — these often develop where the first and second toes rub against each other.
- Ongoing pain or pain that comes and goes.
The joint of the big toe on the inner edge of the foot visibly sticks outwards, while the big toe itself points towards the middle toes. A definite tilting of the big toes is often already diagnosed during adolescence in girls.
Hallux Valgus is a progressive condition - meaning it worsens with age. If left untreated, bunions can cause uncomfortable pressure, pain, and limited mobility, even leading to hammertoes and osteoarthritis in the base joint of the big toe.
We recommend you always see a lower limb professional, like a podiatrist to have your feet properly assessed
Will my bunion go away on its own?
Patients often ask us, "will my bunion go away on its own?" While the answer, unfortunately, is that it won't, there are things you can do to prevent your bunion from getting bigger.
Not all bunions are caused by the same thing. Both genetics and your lifestyle can lead to developing a bunion.
If you're a female in your late 40's or older, you're at a much higher risk of developing a bunion than anyone else. Doesn't seem fair does it?!
Bunions usually develop in women who are more likely to wear tight, narrow shoes regularly. Tight-fitting shoes put pressure on the outside of your toe, gradually pushing it inward. High heels can increase pressure in the front of the foot and lead to various foot problems in some cases.
Over time, you may develop a painful bump at the outer edge of your foot that signals a bunion.
If your foot looks like this, there is good news. You can slow the progression of the bunion and avoid worsening pain by following our 10 Step Guide for Bunion Pain Relief.
Neuhaus Foot & Ankle's 10 Step Guide for Bunion Pain Relief
1. Wear wide shoes
Most symptoms of bunions involve pressure from the shoe against the bunion region. This often leads to direct pain over the bunion, swelling, redness and/or blistering. Because narrow shoes push your big toe in, wearing wide shoes can relieve the pressure on your foot.
Sorry ladies, this may mean those favorite pumps will have to go. Opt for flats with plenty of room in the toe box. Avoid shoes that are too short, tight, or sharply pointed and those with heels higher than a couple of inches.
When buying your next pair of shoes, go to a shoe store with well-trained shoe fitters to size your feet. A trained shoe fitter will not only lead you to the best fitting shoes but can often modify the shoe to fit difficult-to-fit feet. We highly recommend Fleet Feet and the New Balance stores.
Avoid expensive and high-pressure shoe stores like The Good Feet Store.
2. Get better arch support in your shoes
Supporting your arch will transfer force away from the bunion area. While a high quality pre-made orthotic can help, it will not be as effective as a custom orthotic. If you want to save a few dollars and go the store-bought route, look for Powerstep or Superfeet brands. These two companies are the industry standard for quality over-the-counter orthotics.
3. Stop wearing slippers at home and wear sandals with arch support instead
The same concept applies as above. Avoid narrow footwear and support your arch as much as possible. Narrow house slippers can push the big toe inward, causing further friction in the bunion area. Arch support can also reduce pressure on the bunion.
4. Wear socks designed to reduce friction and add cushion
Socks made from cotton are not a good option because they cause a higher amount of friction. Also, avoid socks with seams across the toes. These can cause friction and pain to the bunion area. Look for seamless socks. These can be made with a combination of wool and spandex. Compression socks also help avoid friction. If you have diabetes though, avoid compression socks because you don’t want to restrict blood flow to your feet.
5. Wear a protective pad to reduce pressure on the bunion
Bunion pads can help by redistributing pressure away from the affected joint. Make sure to test the pads for a short time period first to ensure they’re reducing pressure, rather than constricting toes even more and making the bunion bump even worse.
6. Use a toe separator
A separator between your first and second toes prevents them from abutting against each other. Toe spacers are best when the big toe deviates, and in the early stages of bunions, before the big toe becomes more fixed in its position. While this won’t reverse or heal your bunion, it may help straighten your toe joint while wearing it. Some feel immediate pain relief.
7. Ice the bunion for at least 10 minutes every night
This step and step eight both address the swelling that occurs when you’ve been on your feet all day and putting constant pressure on the bunion area. You can reduce the inflammation around the toe joint with consistent ice therapy.
8. Use a topical pain-relief gel over the bunion
Quality topical gels like Biofreeze can reduce short-term pain and inflammation. Since it's only temporary relief, you may grow tired of continually icing and applying gel over time and the cost will add up. Until you're ready for more advanced treatments, this is a home remedy for treating bunion pain.
9. Bunion Splints
Bunion splints prevent the first and second toes from pushing against each other. This reduces pressure between the toes and may relieve some of the pain caused by the bunion. It is recommended to use this at night while you sleep. In our opinion, there are better alternatives, like those mentioned above, for relieving bunion pain. Some people have found bunion splints to be an effective short-term solution, however. There is no evidence to suggest that bunion splints will correct or straighten the toe, though many products online promise “bunion correction.” Buyer beware.
10. Consider surgery to fix the bunion for good
Neuhaus Foot & Ankle specializes in bunion treatment and we try to treat bunion pain without surgery. Surgery should be a last resort. If we recommend bunion surgery (bunionectomy), it’s because other treatments would be ineffective at best, and a waste of your effort and money at worst.
Those living with bunion pain for years have likely developed a more severe bunion and the treatments listed in this guide will have little impact. Once bunion pain begins limiting your daily activities, surgery can be a very effective option. Not all podiatrists specialize in bunions, so make sure your podiatrist is highly experienced in this area. Ideally, you know someone who has had bunion surgery and they'll be able to refer you to a qualified podiatrist.
Bunion surgery, or a bunionectomy, is the most effective way to treat your bunion but it's not the only way.
At Corespirited, we understand how frustrating getting proper treatment for bunions can be. Your patient experience is so important to us, we’ve earned top podiatrists in the area five years in a row. When you have a foot or ankle issue, we hope you see a podiatrist at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle first.