Bunions are an enlargement of the great toe or hallux joint of the foot and are frequently related to what is known as hallux valgus which is a deviation of the big toe or hallux towards the outside. They may or may not be painful, however the possibility of them to be painful is great. Because of this prevention and therapy will be typically warranted. They certainly tend to be progressive to get worse with time. The only real method of getting rid of bunions is with surgery, but that is not always a good alternative early. One way in which they may very well be dealt with is by using what is called bunion correctors, but they are often accompanied by the question, can they work? They are splints or braces worn at night to try and correct the deviation of big toe to better its appearance.
A lot will depend on what is understood by “working”. There is a lot of opinion as to them both working and not working with not much scientific research. There exists one published study which did demonstrate that the angle of the great toe can be improved by a few degrees after one months use, however this was not research of any longer than that one month. So, yes, it does look like that bunion correctors can work in the short term at improving the angle of the hallux valgus or bunion several degrees.
Apart from that piece of research just about all we can depend upon is expert thoughts and opinions. The majority of that opinion is in keeping with that scientific study. Nevertheless, it also looks like even if the use of the bunion corrector doesn't improve the angle of the big toe or just helps it a small amount, it can be entirely possible that the corrector might go a long way to stopping the condition from becoming worse. That's important as bunions are progressive. The splint will also be very useful at stretching out the ligaments around the joint and that can be helpful with pain within the joint.