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Anyone use a bunion splint?

(16 Posts)
GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Sat 12-Mar-11 19:00:09

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MaeMobley Sat 12-Mar-11 19:25:21

I am watching this thread as I have one that is getting worse. Have posted in the General Health section too?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 12-Mar-11 19:53:01

I'm a podiatrist no it won't work. Surgery is a permenant fix, but, never let a general or orthapaedic surgeon near it. Only go to a podiatric surgoen.

If you don't want surgery wear comfy shoes for work and heels for special occaisons etc. Hth

salvadory Sat 12-Mar-11 20:29:09

Ooh fluffy, can I pick your brains? I have bad bunions on both feet, have had for as long as I can remember ( think it was due to flat feet that my doc refused to help as a child despite repeated visits by my concerned mother). In the last 6 months I'm in pain with them but surgery and it's associated pain also scares me.
I wear nearly flats most of the time but it has made no difference.
Is there anything else you recommend??

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 12-Mar-11 20:55:18

Flat shoes that fasten or slip ons? How much of a heel?

anon80 Sat 12-Mar-11 21:30:54

Ohhh i have a quick question, sorry OP.

I have just bought some new shoes, size 2 (small feet)
and love them, but my little toe is being pushed, and feels sore after i wear them alittle while- Im trying to break them in, will this improve? I was planning on wearing them around the house for a few weeks to soften them!!! will it work or am i just destined to have a squashed toe, also is there any side affects, other than a sore toe?

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Sat 12-Mar-11 21:35:02

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Havingkittens Sun 13-Mar-11 00:01:35

First thing to try would be getting your GP to refer you to a podiatrist who can assess your bunions and see if they can relieve any discomfort with orthotics. If they suggest surgery consider it carefully.

I had one removed just over 2 years ago. People's experiences vary widely with respect to pain and also with respect to success. Personally I didn't experience anywhere near as much pain as I expected. The most painful part was the scar healing. However, where one problem has been fixed it has been replaced with another. My foot looks heaps better and I can wear a few more styles of shoe than before but it's not a "miracle cure". I have pain and swelling on the pad of my foot just below the join between my big toe and the one next to it where either there is some bunching or scarring of the area between the two metatarsals that were pulled together. Often that part of my foot gets very swollen or just feels like my sock is bunched up under my toes.

That said, I don't regret having it done but it's still problematic.

Podiatrists have always told me that ballet flats are one of the worst shoes to wear as they give no support to the foot and because they are quite open they cause you to inadvertently scrunch your toes to keep them on. A Mary Jane type of pump with support inside is a good alternative.

When I had the bunion I found suede shoes best because they stretch and make room for the bunion rather than compacting it and also shoes with a crepe or thicker rubber sole or slight cork wedge to take the impact of the ground from the balls of your feet.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 13-Mar-11 10:01:53

Splints aren't preventative some surgoens prescribe them post op but bunion surgery usually uses pins and screws to fix it.

The best course of action is to ask your gp for a referral to the nhs podiatrist, they will have a section in the department that specialises in insoles which can prevent foot deformities worsening but not always from occurring. Essentially you can't fight mother nature.

The best shoes are flat with a fastening such as laces, Velcro or a buckle because they stop the foot moving about to much, if you have insoles they only work when your foot is flat on the floor, much of the gait cye is either heel making contact with the floor or the foot pushing off to propel you forward.

We always reccomend that shoes fit properly I.E the foot doesn't rub inside the leather so it's best to check fit exactly like you would for a childs foot, hotter shoes (with fastening not the slip on styles) or trainers are good as is trying on a boys trainer not a womens as they are more rounded in the toe. Feet shaped shoes are not sexy or stylish but they are more comfortable. You may get aching calves but heels shorten the calf muscle so any pain gets less as the muscle lengthens out again. There's no such thing as a patient who can't wear flat shoes, we evolved to walk without a raised heels. You can't put insoles in a slip on shoe because the foot will move forward off the insoles and if it's not in the right place it can't do it's job.

Bunion surgery varies from patient to patient, quite often it's aim is to reduce pain not to make the foot look nice. Some bunion surgery fuses the big toe joint so you will never wear a heel again, other operations fix the deformity further back in the foot thereby preserving the joint. It's always worth asking the name of the procedure and what footwear you will be able to wear when it is healed. Most surgoens have a favorite or preferred procedure.

For kids they don't always inherit bunions, most of our family have a high arch but my nephews are flat as a pancake.

If your worried you should always consult the nhs podiatrists as treatment is free and based on what works not what has the highest profit margins.

It is not unusual for feet to function differently from each other due to leg length discrepencies so one foot may have a bunion the other foot will not develop.

There isn't any quick ways to cure bunions it's all a bit boring and un-stylish but it works. You will notice podiatrists and pysios wear trainers to work mostly or flat lace up "granny shoes" but we don't have aching feet at the end of the day.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 13-Mar-11 10:07:32

Forgot anon80, try smearing the toe with Vaseline on top of the toewhere it meets the shoe to reduce friction. It doesn't harm the shoe (I do it when I wear heels) but if it doesn't work then it's just the fit of the shoe I've had to return shoes in the past because they just don't accommadate the little toe.

IShallWearMidnight Sun 13-Mar-11 10:08:55

quick post-bunion surgery shoe question - I've lived in toe post Birkenstocks the past couple of summers - post surgery (both feet) can I wear toe post sandals, or not?

IShallWearMidnight Sun 13-Mar-11 10:09:52

obviously I'd buy new ones, and not wear the ones which now aren't worn to my foot shape wink.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 13-Mar-11 10:18:03

Best thing is to try them at home on carpeted floor and see how you get on, make sure you can take them back if there not comfy.

Fastening shoes (boring I know) are best because flip flops etc make you grasp with the toes to keep them on which is a lot of work for a foot and the lower leg because the muscles that controll toes originate in the lower third of the leg.

Havingkittens Sun 13-Mar-11 18:22:52

I didn't have bunion surgery just to improve the look of my foot FluffyCloudland, it was also causing me a lot of pain. Now I have pain somewhere else instead but it's still more dealable with than the bunion pain and there are now styles of shoe that were painful on me before that I can wear now. I meant to say in my post that anyone with bunions that weren't causing pain should think twice about surgery if it's only for vanity reasons as it may bring up other problems. The operation I had was a Scarf Osteotomy.

Bunions Sun 13-Mar-11 18:59:51

Is it possible to find out who the really 'good' and 'experienced' surgeons are? I'm sure I'm heading towards surgery (really bad bunions on both feet) but I'm petrified about being 'butchered' by a student! shock

runner970 Tue 13-Jan-15 14:31:25

EEK! Surgery - no way, not for me! Mum had it done and is in more pain. Not bunion pain, nerve pain. Luckily I'm able to thwart off the possibility of surgery by using over the counter solutions like icing, diet (if I eat too much sugar or wheat, all my joints ache!) and wear my Bunion Booties, they are kind of a bunion splint...only super thin and soft. My mum wears them too post surgery to keep her toe in place. I'm not sure if it would work for everyone but we like them. Sure beats the popsicle-stick types of splints you see out there, those hurt. Oh and I gave up high heels 3 years ago...

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