Hallux Valgus Bunion Splint: Surgical Dressing Technique

Lauren K. Lewis, Jie Chen, Connor S. Johnson, Samuel B. Adams

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Background: Hallux valgus is a common condition with a complex etiology resulting in numerous treatment options. Recurrence of the deformity can occur following correction. Surgical technique and possibly also postoperative care play a role in reducing recurrence rates. This article highlights a postoperative surgical dressing technique which allows for semirigid support during the immediate postoperative period. Methods: A wooden tongue depressor placed along the medial border of the hallux comprises the primary support for the dressing. The rigidity of the tongue depressor allows for the hallux to be drawn toward the depressor, encouraging neutral alignment of the hallux. Dressings are removed 2 weeks postoperatively, with new dressings applied in similar fashion and maintained in place until 6 weeks postoperatively. Results: Based upon our observations, our surgical dressing technique provides sufficient support following hallux valgus correction surgery while being straightforward to replicate without the need for frequent dressing changes. The dressing materials are of negligible cost and are typically readily available. No associated wound complications have been observed. Conclusions: We present an easily replicable and affordable option for postoperative hallux valgus correction surgical dressings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53S-56S
JournalFoot and Ankle Specialist
Issue number1_suppl
StatePublished - Feb 2024


  • bunion
  • dressings
  • hallux valgus
  • pain management
  • postoperative care
  • splints
  • wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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