3 Vintage Ads for Bunion Treatment That Don't Involve Bunion Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Dec 19, 2013 8:00:00 AM

The human race has been suffering from bunions since the beginning of time, but it’s only in the last 100 years that we’ve been able to see some of the vintage advertisements in newspapers all claiming  a cure for bunions. It’s too bad those folks didn’t know about bunion surgery back then, because we know today that it’s really the only permanent way to get rid of bunions. But if you didn’t know any better, you just might believe some of the claims below.


Achfeldt’s Perfection Toe Spring – 1906


bunion ad 1906 (Source: ebay.com)


We especially like the part from this 1906 ad that says “Tell me your foot troubles. It will ease your mind; I will ease your feet.” They even give a before and after example – amazing! At least you’d get your money back if you weren’t entirely satisfied, which you probably wouldn’t be because we’re pretty sure your bunion would still exist.


Instant Relief For Bunions - 1915


bunion ad 1915 (Source: Old Ads Are Funny)


This ad from 1915 is just fishy. Even though bunion surgery as we know it didn’t exist back in 1915, this ad is making some confident claims of curing without actually telling us what it is we’ll be getting in the mail…and it’s free? Sometimes things are too good to be true. While whatever home treatment this is might “relieve you almost instantly of all the pain” like it says, no way it can actually “cure” the bunion. Because only bunion surgery can do that! Now we’re just curious, what treatment was sent “promptly in plain sealed envelope?”


The Fischer Bunion Protector – 1921


bunion ad 1921 (Source: Old Ads Are Funny)


This ad from 1921 might actually be onto something. In fact, it’s advertising a very early version of what seems like a custom orthotic shoe insert. Custom orthotics are one way to treat bunions because they help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position; similar to what The Fischer Bunion Protector is advertising when it says “It will give immediate relief and afford constant comfort, preventing all friction, irritation and pressure of the shoe.”  Still, custom orthotics only help relieve bunion pain, while bunion surgery can correct the bone deformity itself.


Why Bunion Surgery?


The products advertised above can help take care of the pain caused by bunions, not the bone deformity itself. Only bunion surgery can do that. At Adler Footcare we use what is known as a minimally invasive approach to correct the bunion. This is done by making a small incision in the foot and correcting the position of the big toe joint. The procedure causes little to no trauma, minimal scarring, little to no anesthesia, and is clean and efficient.


If you’d like more information about bunion surgery and other possible treatment options, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. 


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Topics: Bunion Surgery