Gel-style products may provide cushioning for bunions
Gel shields may protect against bunion pain.
Individuals who are currently using bunion splints or orthotics to correct bunions or hammer toe may still experience discomfort from rubbing on the inside of shoes, as the devices are meant to correct the deformities gradually.
Until bunion splints or orthotics are able to get bunions down to a smaller size, bunions sufferers may want to consider using bunion shielding gel products, some of which are embedded with mineral oil.
The polymer shield slips over the big toe, providing a buffer between bunions and the inside of a shoe. It is infused with mineral oil to soothe and moisturize the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of calluses.
"Mineral oil is continually being released so the products hydrate, soften and condition your skin while protecting and cushioning against impact and pressure," said Kathleen Hanek, spokesperson for Maddak, the product's manufacturer.
This type of shield may also prevent bursitis, a condition in which the fluid sac that covers a bunion becomes infected.