@myharley - I used the sling pads for my bunions as a last resort before surgery. They cost more than some of the foam and gel pads, but seemed to offer more support.
One thing I liked about the ones I had was they had toe separators which really helped. These can be bulky and you have to be wearing shoes that have some room in them.
I seemed to get the most relief when I wore them at night as I had to be on my feet for a large part of the day.
For someone who has never had bunions, I don't think they understand how painful they can be, and how much it hurts just to walk.
I finally gave in and had surgery because I got tired of messing around with pads and all kinds of foot products in order to get some relief from the pain.
It took awhile to recover from the surgery, but was well worth it in the end.