How Do Bunion Splints Work? 

Bunions are a common problem for a wide range of individuals, and, as a result, there are a number of nonsurgical methods designed to treat and relieve bunion pain. One of the most popular products on the market is the bunion splint. How do bunion splints work? Essentially, they act to space out the toes in order to cut down on bunion pain and –– in theory –– realign the foot. In practice, though, bunion splints may prove ineffective for many people dealing with irritating bunions. We’ll explain further here: 

Do Bunion Splints Cure Bunions?  

The short answer to this question is no, bunion splints do not act to cure bunions. 

Bunions form due to an imbalance in the alignment of certain joints and bones in the foot. This imbalance may occur as a result of years of pressure on the foot. That’s why individuals who wear high heels or other tight-fitting shoes on a regular basis will often experience bunions. Alternatively, some individuals have a genetic predisposition to developing bunions. 

Regardless of how a bunion forms, once it does, it will not get better with time. Instead, bunions tend only to get worse over the years until they’re removed. The reality is, palliative treatments like bunion splints, pads, cushions, and special footwear act as relative “band-aids.” So while these products may provide an individual with some pain relief in a given moment, they don’t offer long-term solutions to bunion pain. 

Treating Bunion Pain for Good

The only way to get rid of a bunion permanently is to undergo a surgical procedure. This might seem like a drastic step, but, thankfully, minimally invasive bunion surgery is quick, safe, effective, and less painful than traditional surgery. Unlike bunion removal procedures of the past, modern surgeons can remove a bunion in an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour. What’s more, the surgery leaves minimal scarring and most patients are able to walk around and drive home afterward. Bunion surgery is the perfect solution for individuals who are fed up with bunion pain and ineffective over-the-counter treatments. 

Bunion Splints for Post-Operative Care

In general terms, recovery post-bunion surgery is relatively light after minimally invasive surgery. Patients are usually able to return to their daily routine fairly quickly, though they may experience some discomfort following the surgery. Though bunion splints aren’t able to cure bunions, they do provide some value for individuals recovering from bunion surgery. Indeed, bunion splints can help maintain the correct alignment of the foot after the procedure, stretch key ligaments and tendons, and even help break apart scar tissue. In this specific instance, bunion splints can be a great help for individuals looking to increase their range of motion and get back to living their normal lives as soon as possible after bunion surgery. 


At Northwest Surgery Center, our team uses the most advanced methods and sophisticated tools to ensure positive outcomes for all of our patients. We specialize in treating foot pain issues, and we can help you address problems like bunions, corns, hammertoes, and heel spurs. Contact us here for more information or to schedule a free consultation.