Bunion toe spacers
Bunion Toe Spacers

Bunions are a common foot condition that affects many people worldwide. They occur when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes misaligned, causing the toe to push against the other toes. This results in a bony bump on the side of the foot, which can be painful and uncomfortable. Toe spacers are a non-invasive and affordable solution that can help relieve pain, prevent further damage, and improve overall foot health. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of bunion toe spacers and how they can help alleviate discomfort caused by bunions.

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Understanding Bunion Toe Spacers

Understanding Bunion Toe Spacers

Bunion toe spacers come in various shapes, sizes, and materials. The most common types include gel, foam, silicone, and fabric spacers. Gel and silicone spacers are popular because they conform to the shape of the foot and are durable. At Gait Happens we prefer silicone, and you can find the ones we recommend here. Foam and fabric spacers are soft and comfortable but may need to be replaced more often.

How Bunion Toe Spacers Work

Toe spacers work by creating space between the toes, which can help realign the joint and reduce pressure on the bunion. They also help prevent the toes from rubbing against each other, which can cause blisters and calluses. By keeping the toes separated, toe spacers can improve circulation and promote healthy foot movement.

Benefits of Using Bunion Toe Spacers

The benefits of using bunion toe spacers go beyond pain relief. They can also help prevent the progression of bunions, reduce the risk of developing other foot problems, and improve the overall health of your feet. Regular use of toe spacers can also help maintain proper toe alignment and prevent the need for more invasive treatments.

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How to Use Bunion Toe Spacers

How to Use Bunion Toe Spacers

Using bunion toe spacers is simple, and with a little practice, you’ll be able to incorporate them into your daily routine. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use toe spacers:

A. Step-by-step guide on using bunion toe spacers

  1. Wash your feet and dry them thoroughly.
  2. Place the toe spacers between the toes. 
  3. Adjust the spacer so that it feels comfortable and fits snugly between the toes.
  4. Put on your socks and shoes as usual.  We like to use Injinji toe socks, find a link to them on this page.

B. Dos and Don’ts of using bunion toe spacers

  • DO wear toe spacers regularly to experience the full benefits.
  • DO clean your spacers regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
  • DO replace your spacers if they become worn or damaged.
  • DON’T share your spacers with others.
  • DON’T wear spacers that are too tight or too loose.

C. Tips for comfortable wear

  • Wear toe spacers with socks to prevent them from slipping.
  • If you experience discomfort, try wearing thicker socks or adjusting the spacer’s position.
  • Start with short periods of wear and gradually increase the duration as your feet adjust to the spacers.
  • Should calluses or corns form, we recommend toe socks or body glide to prevent some of the friction. With continued usage and improved toe splay, this will improve. 

By following these simple guidelines, you can use toe spacers effectively and comfortably. Remember to consult with a medical professional if you have any concerns or questions about using toe spacers. You can book a Virtual Consultation with a Gait Happens clinician here. 

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Additional Tips for Managing Bunions

Additional Tips for Managing Bunions

While toe spacers are an effective tool for managing bunions, there are other strategies you can use to alleviate pain and improve your foot health. Here are some additional tips:

Stretching exercises for bunion relief and improve foot health
Stretching exercises for bunion relief

A. Stretching exercises for bunion relief

  • Toe stretches: Sit down and stretch your toes out as far as possible, then curl them back in. Repeat for 10-15 reps.
  • Achilles stretches: Stand facing a wall and place your hands on it for support. Step one foot back and press your heel down until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • Toe raises: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lift your toes up while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold for 5-10 seconds, then release.
  • Want a whole 12-week foot fitness program? Find one tailored to your feet here!
  • Want to find out what sort of exercise (and vacation) your feet want most? Try our free Foot Traveler quiz here!

B. Choosing the right footwear

  • Look for shoes with a wide toe box that can accommodate your toes comfortably.
  • Consider minimalist or barefoot shoes, which allow your feet to move naturally and can help improve foot strength and flexibility. Find our recommendations for footwear here.
  • Avoid high heels and shoes with narrow toe boxes, which can exacerbate bunion pain.

C. Orthotics and other bunion treatment options

  • Custom orthotics can help support your feet and alleviate bunion pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • In only the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the joint and remove the bony bump.
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Healthy legs

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can manage your bunions and improve your foot health over time. Remember to consult with a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns about your bunion treatment plan. If you’d prefer a Virtual Consultation, you can book one with a Gait Happens Clinician here. 


In summary, bunion toe spacers are an effective and non-invasive solution for managing bunion pain and improving foot health. By using them regularly, you can realign your toe joint, prevent further damage, and alleviate discomfort caused by bunions.

It’s important to remember that these are just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan for bunions. Incorporating stretching exercises, choosing the right footwear, and seeking medical advice when necessary can also help improve your foot health.

We encourage you to take action for your foot health by trying out bunion toe spacers and exploring other treatment options. Your feet are the foundation of your body, and investing in your health can have a positive impact on your overall well-being.


  1. Are bunion toe spacers effective for everyone?

Bunion toe spacers can be effective for many people, but their effectiveness may vary depending on the severity of the bunion and individual foot anatomy. Consult with a medical professional if you have any concerns.

  1. How long should I wear toe spacers?

You can wear bunion toe spacers for as long as you feel comfortable. Start with short periods of wear and gradually increase the duration as your feet adjust.

  1. Can I wear them with socks and shoes?

Yes, you can wear them with socks and shoes as usual.

  1. How do I clean my toe spacers?

Clean your toe spacers regularly with soap and warm water to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

  1. Can I wear bunion toe spacers while sleeping?

It is generally not recommended to wear bunion toe spacers while sleeping, as they may become dislodged and cause discomfort.

  1. Can bunion toe spacers cure bunions?

Bunion toe spacers cannot cure bunions, but they can help manage pain and prevent further damage to the toe joint.

  1. Can I wear toe spacers while exercising?

It depends on the type of exercise and the level of intensity. Consult with a medical professional to determine if wearing toe spacers during exercise is appropriate for you.