A bunion guard is a device that is worn on the foot to help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by bunions. It is typically worn inside shoes and is designed to help realign the toe and redistribute pressure away from the bunion. Bunion guards are often made of foam or gel, and are placed over the bunion to provide cushioning and support.
There are different types of bunion guards available, including:
- Bunion sleeves: These are made of a soft, stretchy material and fit snugly over the bunion. They provide cushioning and help to reduce friction and pressure on the bunion.
- Bunion splints: These are designed to be worn at night and help to realign the toe while you sleep. They are often made of plastic or metal.
- Bunion correctors: These are designed to be worn during the day and help to realign the toe while you walk. They are often made of plastic or rubber.
It's important to note that bunion guards are not a substitute for medical treatment, but they can help to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by bunions. It's always recommended to consult with a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon to determine if a bunion guard is appropriate for you and which type is the best for your specific case.