Role of Splints After Bunion Surgery

Correction Depends Upon Compliance

Compliance requires comfort and convenience

A critical component of the success of any bunion splint correcting the deformity is compliance. A comfortable and convenient splint greatly increases compliance. Depending on the severity of the bunion, daily compliance, at a minimum of 20 minutes up to 3-4 hours, is required to witness any significant improvement. Since a bunion cannot be “cured”, ongoing preventive care is required to prevent the further progression or reappearance of a bunion.

“I would like to endorse the Bunion Aid splint as a significant improvement over other bunion splints I have ever used in the past.  The fit, comfort, and active hinge design has improved compliance and opened a new use for bunion splints that has never been available previously. . . . I have found my patients to be more compliant because of the simplicity and much more likely to continue into the future.  Improving the big toe position is a very long term project and must be maintained.  They also are more comfortable when using it as a night splint. . . . If you have had poor results with bunion splints as an aid to avoid surgery or have had poor patient compliance in the past, I recommend that you try this improved bunion splint.”
Dr. David R. Hannaford, DPM  

Post-Surgical use

The goal is get patients walking as soon as possible in an effort to keep the newly remodeled joint moving. If not, the joint tends to get stiff taking even longer to rehabilitate (10).  One of the most important factors in post-operative rehabilitation is compliance. Frequently this includes physical therapy, wearing a night time splint, and wearing a daytime bunion splint to maintain the surgical correction.
Bunion Aid is for post-surgery
Once the surgeon recommends wearing a splint and provides walking instructions, wearing a flexible but supportive splint such as Bunion Aid helps reduce rehab time and maintain the surgical fixation. Bunion Aid stabilizes the alignment of the big toe and allows the surgical area to heal through the range of motion. Ongoing use of this day/night splint provides mid-foot support and keeps the big toe straight, preventing the recurrence of a bunion.

References and Disclaimer

 1. Great Feet for Life,” Paul Langer, DPM, Copyright © 2007, pg. 6.
 2. http://www.foot-pain-explained.com/bunion.html
 3. http://www.epodiatry.com/arch-support.htm
 4. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=9404
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 9. Product review sources and opinions come from the products’ company respective web sites and customer reviews as submitted on Footsmart.com and Amazon.com.
10. http://www.foot-pain-explained.com/bunion.html
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Playing Soccer with a bunion
“My son was involved with soccer since he was 4 years old. Kicking the ball continually aggravated his bunion. He’s now using Bunion Aid, and the nearly constant pain and soreness he was having is nearly gone. It also shows that his toe is gradually straightening out.”
Patrick M. Sitzmann, D.C.

Mobile Bunion Correction

“I like Bunion Aid because it is mobile and introduces a corrective force not unlike a retainer for the teeth. Gradual force over time has a corrective effect if the brace is positioned correctly and the pressure of the brace to the toe is not irritating. I recommend to first wear the brace not weight bearing, then increase the time, and then slowly wear it around the house.
I absolutely agree that Bunion Aid offers an advantage during the straightening process because it pulls the big toe over laterally through the range of motion of the big toe joint. That is why I have added Bunion Aid as part of my bunion management regiment.”
Markus Striebeck DC, DABCO