“Bunion correctors can help in keeping the joint loose and limber and can even provide some temporary pain relief,” says Pedram Hendizadeh, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon in New York City. “Consistent use of some bunion correctors is thought to possibly slow down the progression of stiffness.”
Dr. Hendizadeh sometimes recommends bunion correctors to his patients to use as a conservative treatment for pain, or as postoperative treatment.
Keep in mind: A bunion corrector can only be helpful for a deformity that is flexible in nature and will not address the underlying issue that is causing the bunion in the first place. “For those who have an arthritic type of bunion, it may actually cause more pain to use the corrector since they already have limited motion in that joint,” Dr. Shah says.
Plus, Dr. Shah notes, the movement of the toe joint is only temporary: “Once the corrector is removed, the bunion will usually fall back into its original position.”