Do bunion pads really work?

Bunion pads main purpose is to cushion the pressure of the bump on the side of your big toe joint against anything that will put pressure on the toe. This often happens when wearing shoes.  There are various types of pads available to the public.  They can be found in your pharmacy, in some food stores in the foot care isle, in many different catalogs from stores, and online. All of these different pads main function is to try and decrease the pressure of the bunion against the shoe. 

Bunion pads come in many different sizes and materials.  They can be made of foam, felt type material and gel.  Some pads come with an adhesive backing while others may have some type of a loop you use to put over the great toe to keep it on and in place. 

Some people can get significant relief with using bunion pads or cushions regularly, while others can have minimal relief of symptoms. They will not change the shape of the bunion but may help give some relief till further care or surgery can be performed.  If you have a painful bunion on your feet, contact Dr. Harvey R. Danciger for a comprehensive evaluation and recommendation for the best treatment for your condition.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle