Bunion Bootie Questions We Get All The Time
- Do you ship internationally?
- Can I purchase Bunion Booties in stores?
- What should I expect when I put it on the first time?
- Does a Bunion Bootie fit on either foot?
- Does the seam belong on the top or the bottom of my foot?
- If the Bunion Bootie is made of such thin material, how can it prevent irritation to the bunion?
- Should the Bunion Bootie be worn just during the day?
- I’d like to get more aggressive with my toe support, what suggestion would you give for sizing?
- Does the Bunion Bootie stretch out?
- How long is the Bunion Bootie expected to last?
- What are some tips to follow to extend the life of my Bunion Bootie?
- I’ve been wearing my Bunion Bootie all the time for a month straight and it looks like it’s starting to fray, what gives?
- Are there any instructions on how to put it on?
- Why is there a hole at the end of the toe?
- Why do I feel pressure on my big toe and in the toe hole area?
- What if I don’t like it, or I discover I’ve ordered the wrong size?
- Is the Bunion Bootie machine-washable?
- Does the Bunion Bootie CURE my bunion?
- My bunions are really bad. Can the Bunion Bootie still help?
- I have had a bunion operation. Does it make sense to use a Bunion Bootie on that foot?
- Are there any restrictions to the Bunion Bootie?
- My bunion is on my pinky toe, will the Bunion Bootie help with that?
- I’d like to return my Bunion Bootie for an exchange or refund, how do I do that?
- What is the Bunion Bootie made of?
- Why do you not have a phone number listed so I can call you?
- Do you offer discounts for the military?
- What if I find that I’m in between sizes? (i.e. The medium is too large but the small is too small)?
- How do Bunion Booties compare to other non-surgical treatment options?
Do you ship internationally?
We’ll ship anywhere! All orders outside of the US ship for a flat rate of $12.95 USD. Please refer to our shipping page for additional details.
What should I expect when I put it on the first time?
Actually, you might not feel much for the first couple of hours, depending on how you selected your size. But that’s the idea. (Have you tried those rigid bunion splints?!) Depending on whether you picked the conservative size or tighter fit, you’ll feel the realignment of your big toe start to take place that day. Wear it all day and night for maximum support, and play around with different sizes for different activities. For those that sized down for a more corrective fit, you might have to work up to wearing the Bunion Bootie for a full day, starting with just a couple of hours initially. The Bootie material will likely relax after a few wears.
Does the seam belong on the top or the bottom of my foot?
The seam should actually be on the top of your foot. It’s more comfortable that way (you are not walking on it), plus the hole in the toe should end up on top of your toenail and not at the very tip. (*although all feet are different!)
If the Bunion Bootie is made of such thin material, how can it prevent irritation to the bunion?
The Bunion Bootie is made of a combination of Nylon and Polyurethane in a weave that is very effective in preventing irritation, specifically the rubbing from wearing tighter shoes.
Should the Bunion Bootie be worn just during the day?
That’s up to you. If you are serious about attacking your bunion pain long-term, then you should also keep it on at night. **Most Bootie wearers prefer a looser size for sleeping**
I’d like to get more aggressive with my toe support, what suggestion would you give for sizing?
Go one size smaller. You can exchange it if you don’t like the fit but you might find that if you want 24-hour support, then two sizes come in handy. The smaller size works well if you aren’t working on your feet all the time, or wearing shoes that give you the most grief. The true-to-fit size is more comfortable during or after a long day on your feet because of the swelling that occurs. Whichever size you go for, wear it for a full 4-5 days and nights to determine the correct size for your foot, activity level, and comfort level.
Does the Bunion Bootie stretch out?
The Bunion Bootie is comprised of a very durable material that is not expected to tear with normal usage, careful application and removal, and proper fit. You can expect the Bunion Bootie to relax initially after a few wears. If you are considering wearing the Bunion Bootie around the clock, we suggest buying two. This will allow them to last longer.
How long is the Bunion Bootie expected to last?
Due to it’s extremely thin characteristics (that’s why most people love them!) the Bunion Bootie will eventually wear out, but the lifespan of the Bunion Bootie will depend upon each person’s usage and care. We do urge folks that wear it most of the time to buy multiple Booties to prolong the life of your Bunion Booties. With consistent and non-stop wear the Booties may sometimes need to be replaced after 2-3 months.
What are some tips to follow to extend the life of my Bunion Bootie?
Although you can (and many do) wear the Bunion Bootie barefoot, in order to extend the life of the Bunion Bootie we strongly recommend that you only wear them barefoot while sleeping or when in bed or not walking around. We suggest you try to wear socks or shoes when wearing with the Bunion Bootie. Also taking extra care when putting on and removing the Bunion Bootie can help prevent unnecessary stress on the fabric fibers and material bonding. If the Bunion Bootie is fitted properly it should never tear while putting on the Bootie. Finally, instead of tossing out your old day wear Bunion Bootie, rotate it to wear to bed at night. Then you can start fresh with a new Bunion Bootie to wear during the day!
I’ve been wearing my Bunion Bootie all the time for a month straight and it looks like it’s starting to fray, what gives?
The Bunion Bootie is comprised of two different materials bonded together. It was a conscious effort not to hem the edges in order to keep a smooth edge (so you don’t feel it when you walk). In time, it may appear to start to fray but you can still wear it, it will not fall apart. But keep in mind, just as if they were socks, if you wear them around the clock they will not last forever. We highly recommend you buy a couple sets and rotate them out to extend the life of your Bunion Bootie. Also, sizing down will challenge the material and bonding even more so selecting a size smaller might result in more fraying.
Are there any instructions on how to put it on?
Yes, illustrated instructions come with your order. You can also see our Use and Care page.
Why is there a hole at the end of the toe?
The hole allows you to put the Bootie on without creating an air bubble in the toe area. The Bootie is intended to fit quite snugly so as a word of advise ladies; you will want to keep your pedicure short as to not tear, stretch or create additional compression on the big toe due to the hole in the toe hood. If your big toe is starting to find it’s way to the toe hole and tries to push through, the Bootie could be too small (see the next FAQ) or if it’s not, try twisting the material so that the seam on top of the foot is in alignment with the big toe.
Why do I feel pressure on my big toe and in the toe hole area?
It’s likely you’ve selected a Bunion Bootie size that is too small. The Bunion Bootie should fit tight but not so tight that the big toe is being forced through the toe hole. We suggest you exchange it for a larger size. (**Remember that feet swell so if it fits fine in the morning but feels too tight at night, it could be due to foot swelling from either heat, diet, activities, or poor circulation. Another reason to purchase two sizes for around the clock support.)
What if I don’t like it, or I discover I’ve ordered the wrong size?
Not a problem. Bunion Booties come with a 30-day exchange or refund guarantee.
Is the Bunion Bootie machine-washable?
No, that would cause degradation of the material. Hand-wash your Bunion Bootie in cold or lukewarm water, using a mild detergent that does not contain bleach or whiteners and let it air-dry. Do not iron or dry-clean it, or otherwise expose it to high temperatures.
Does the Bunion Bootie CURE my bunion?
No, bunions are not “curable” simply because they are not a disease. It’s a progressive condition. You can only hope to slow the deformity and prevent the condition from getting worse. Moreover, most people are just looking for relief from the pain.
My bunions are really bad. Can the Bunion Bootie still help?
Take a look at these bunion pictures. If you have reached deformity stage No. 3, we recommend that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and a treatment plan before purchasing the Bunion Bootie. All wearers are encouraged to consult with their doctor before trying as each foot is different.
I have had a bunion operation. Does it make sense to use a Bunion Bootie on that foot?
Absolutely! Bunions often reoccur after a bunionectomy. The Bootie can help prevent that. Please seek the opinion of your doctor before attempting to self-treat or diagnose.
I’d like to return my Bunion Bootie for an exchange or refund, how do I do that?
Feel free to download this Returns Slip below and indicate on the form if you are seeking a refund or exchange. The directions on where to send the Bunion Bootie is also on this form.
Why do you not have a phone number listed so I can call you?
We realize it can be frustrating that we don’t have a posted phone number on our website but we are such a small company that we do not have a dedicated person sitting in front of a phone line (we do explain this on our About page here). What we have is several of us monitoring a single email account which actually allows us to respond to our customers much faster since we all have access to that email account wherever we are.
Do you offer discounts for the military?
We do! We are pleased to offer a 10% discount to anyone who is or has served in the military. Please visit our Discounts page to be verified through our partner SheerID. Once we can verify your status we’ll email you a unique promotional code that you can use each time you checkout on our website.
What if I find that I’m in between sizes? (i.e. The medium is too large but the small is too small)?
There are two things we can suggest. First, Remember that the Bootie material will relax the first week so as long as it’s not causing any pain, you may have to work up to wearing the small Bootie for the full day as directed on the package instructions. Second, if the small is definitely too small, you can twist the material on the medium. To be more specific, if you have the Bootie on your foot (ie. Right foot) you’ll want to gently pull the material that is around the foot, just under the toes – towards the outside (to the left if on your right foot). This should bring the large seam that runs lengthwise and on top of your foot closer to your big toe.
How do Bunion Booties compare to other non-surgical treatment options?
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