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Last updated: 19/11/2023


by James McCormack

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Bunions affect the big toe joint leading to a deviation in the position of the big toe towards the second toe. Some people are born with a bunion, while others can slowly develop a bunion over time due to poor footwear, biomechanics, trauma or obesity. Some bunions don’t cause any pain, while a bunion corrector can help to reduce pain levels in symptomatic bunions.

Bunion correctors should form part of a multi-model approach, including treatments such as strengthening exercises, bunion socks, pads and support shoes for bunions. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of a bunion corrector.

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Best Bunion Corrector?

The best bunion corrector has an adjustable strap on the forefoot and the big toe to control the medial glide of the greater hallux.

We have seen and used a lot of bunion correctors in our clinics throughout the years, and we know it can be a minefield, so we have decided to share our two most recommended bunion correctors.

Caretras Bunion Corrector

We recommend the Caretras bunion corrector as an excellent source of pain relief from bunion pain due to its simple velcro straps that allow you to put it on or take it off quickly.

The Caretras is a fixed-length strap for medially gliding the big toe. Hence, it is effective for mild to moderate symptoms of bunion pain and sufficiently takes the 1st toe away from the 2nd to reduce friction and discomfort.

It is comfortable and can be used inside a shoe during the day.

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Bauerfeind ValguLoc II Bunion Corrector

In our experience, the Bauerfeind Valgusloc is the most effective bunion corrector for pain relief. It is slightly cumbersome, making it challenging to use functionally, but otherwise, it works exceptionally.

By having straps along the side to hold the big toe in a more optimal position, it has a hinge joint that allows you to limit how much flexion or extension is available to the big toe. The hinge is especially helpful for those with arthritis and a bunion.

The Bauerfeind Valguloc is a Bunion Correct that we recommend for moderate to severe bunions, and it is very effective as part of post-operative bunion surgery rehabilitation.

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What is a bunion corrector?

A bunion corrector is an apparatus that attaches to your forefoot to reposition your big toe joint to its ‘natural’ position to relieve pain by offloading the affected compartment of the big toe joint.

There are numerous bunion correctors; some have a gel pad between the 1st and second toes, while others have a brace to pull the big toe back towards a central position.

Do Bunion correctors work?

Bunion Correctors are an effective form of pain relief from bunion pain as they offload the affected aspect of the big toe joint. It is worth keeping in mind that a bunion (hallux valgus) results from a structural change in the position of the big toe, and a bunion corrector can only modify this position while you wear it. Still, it cannot rectify changes of position that have already occurred.

In a clinical environment, we suggest a bunion corrector for pain relief, mainly after activity or to help with night pain.

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This article is written by James McCormack, a Lower Limb Specialist who is an expert in treating bunion pain.

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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