A bunion brace is a device that can be worn to help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by bunions. It is also known as a bunion splint, it is designed to help reposition the big toe and provide support to the affected joint. These devices are typically made of a soft, flexible material and are worn against the bunion, cushioning it and redistributing pressure away from the area. They can also help to realign the big toe and reduce friction and irritation.
Bunion braces can be worn during the day or at night and can be purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a doctor. They come in different shapes and sizes and are worn directly against the skin. They can be beneficial for mild to moderate cases of bunions, but they should not replace medical treatment if needed. It is always important to consult with a doctor before using any kind of bunion brace as it may not be suitable for everyone and may not be a good option for severe cases of bunions. They should be used in combination with other treatment options such as orthotics, physical therapy, and changes in footwear.