While the aim of a bunion corrector is to “correct” a bunion, that is not exactly how they work and the only real way to get rid of a bunion is with surgery. That does not mean a bunion corrector is not useful and does not mean that they should not be used. The evidence is that they can help improve the angle of the big toe by a few degrees after a few months of wearing them at night. The clinical experience is that they can often help some of the pain the occurs with a bunion in a relatively short time frame. They also play a role in helping keep the joint flexible and mobile.
How long should you wear a bunion corrector for?
There is no definitive answer for this. Like braces that are worn to correct the alignment of teeth, the amount of time it takes is quite variable. The bunion correctors are typically worn at night for at least a few months to get results. However, if after wearing them at night you put the foot back into the shoes that caused the bunions in the first place, you are going to undo any gains that are made during the night. The amount of time that you need to wear a bunion corrector will depend on this and so many other variables, its going to be difficult to give a good answer to this question. You will need to wear it long enough to get the results that you are expecting. Use your common sense and see how they go. Wear the bunion corrector for as long as you need to.