Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. When you have a bunion the advice that podiatrists are going to give you are going to be to make sure that your footwear is of an adequate width in the forefoot so as not to push on the bunion or push the big toe over further. You will probably get some advice on some exercises that you could do to help keep the toe mobile and flexible. You will be given some education about the cause of the bunion being a combination of hereditary factors and poor fitting footwear and the importance of getting the right footwear for a better long term outcome. You may even get admonished at a follow-up visit if you are not following the advice. There may also be a discussion of different types of pads that can be used to relieve pressure over the bunion and different ones that you can wear in your shoes to make them more comfortable if they are painful. You will probably have a discussion about the surgical options for bunions and how different surgical techniques can be done and just what is the recovery time following bunion surgery.

But sometimes (or maybe often) you find yourself in a position where you have to wear or use the shoes that you have just been told are not good for your bunions, or even worse, you have to wear tight fitting footwear for some sort of special occasion. The world is not going to end if you do that occasionally, but it is going to be a problem for your bunion if you do it a lot. What can you do if you find yourself in that position and need something to get you through to help protect the foot and maybe even prevent future problems? There are some options that maybe you might want to try to help you get through the very short term use of the wrong footwear. One of these products that we often advise patients to use is the Bunion Assassin or similar products. These are a sleeve that goes around the forefoot and between the first and second toe. In between the toes it has a silicone pad that puts a gentle separation between the toes to put it in a more correct position. It also has some silicone gel that goes over the bunion to protect it from shoe pressure to make it more comfortable. The Bunion Assassin is not going to fix your bunion, it is however, going to make it more comfortable and perhaps make those shoes that you really should not be wearing more tolerable. Additionally, if you do end up wearing those wrong shoes very occasionally, you could consider the bunion corrector night splint that will go a little way to undoing some of the damage that the shoe might have done. Also after a night out in those wrong shoes you know you should not be using, do some exercises to mobilise the joint.

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