Bunion correctors are braces or splints that are used during the night time and are purported to fix the position of the big toe in people who have bunions. Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint of the foot which is associated with what is called a valgus alignment of the great toe. The splint supports the great toe or hallux in the proper place throughout sleep in an attempt to fix the alignment. There is really plenty of dialogue regarding if that really works or not. The trouble with the thought is that bunions are caused by a mixture of an inherited element, foot biomechanics and the use of tight improperly fitted shoes. So in the daytime you have got those forces making the bunion and the hope is that using the bunion corrector during the night time over comes those forces which happen when walking during the day, and that is probably not achievable.
For that reason must you use bunion correctors? There is some evidence that they will definitely improve the angle of the big toe by a couple of degrees following a month or so of use. There has been no research carried out to find out if that improvement gets any better with a longer term use with bunion correctors or if that improvement is only short lived in case you quit using the splint. In spite of that, many experts recommend still using them even when they don't change the angle position the toe. This is because, even if they do not correct the toe, they will likely still keep your toe mobile and flexible which is a beneficial thing for your toe over the longer term as the bunion problem advances. As well as using these correctors it's also most likely essential that you get qualified advice about the ideal shoes to wear to prevent the bunion from getting any worse as well as carry out some exercises to enhance the muscle strength around the toe.