What’s a Bunion Regulator and how does it work?
Will a Bunion Regulator correct my bunion?
Our staff is often asked by customers whether a Bunion Regulator can actually correct a bunion. Unfortunately, no, a Bunion Regulator cannot correct a bunion. And if it can’t correct a bunion, then what is it used for?
Bunion regulators have two primary purposes:
- Use as a splint to maintain the position of the great toe following bunion surgery.
- Helps to decrease pain in non-surgical candidates who have painful bunions.
Bunion Regulators are non-ambulatory splints, meaning that while you are wearing a Bunion Regulator, you cannot walk on the foot. As such, many customers will refer to a Bunion Regulator as a bunion night splint. A Bunion Regulator is adjustable so that varying degrees of tightness will result in more alignment of the great toe.
There are a number of padding and splint options that can be used on an ambulatory basis. I’ll address the different types of bunion pads in my next post.