Foot Problem and Foot Care Products

Bunion Correctors

Bunion correctors are a night splint or brace that are supposed to straighten the big toe when there is a hallux valgus present.

bunion corrector

There is a lot of debate and discussion if they actually work or not. Opinion is divided and the research evidence for them is sparse. One study does show they they do help a small amount in the short term, but no research has looked at them over the long term.

The reason for the divided opinion is that a lot of force from the biomechanics and shoes during the day time goes into producing the valgus position of the toe and how can a splint just worn for the night over come that? Any good done during the night is likely to be undone the next day walking around. Obviously more research is needed to sort this put.

There is some commentary that they are still beneficial to use even if they do not correct the toe by much as they will keep the toe and joint mobile and flexible, which has to be a good thing.

Archies Thongs

In Australia, they call thongs what the rest of the world call flipflops. In Australia, such footwear is an important part of the lifestyle, so for those that need to wear foot orthotic, they either do not wear them or they do not wear this type of footwear. That is where these Archies Thongs come in. They were developed in Australia to provide some sort of arch support on a thong or flip flop:

They have about 2.5cm of arch support in them which is very similar to what most prefabricated or over-the-counter orthotics have in them, so they are a viable alternative or adjunct to foot orthotic therapy.

The Archies Arch Support Thongs are selling well in Australia and are highly recommended there by Podiatrists, who a lot of them use them for themselves and their families. For more on the Archies, see these links.