The Foot Specialty Practice
Podiatrists located in Kings County, Brooklyn, NY
Bunions are bony bump deformities that develop where your big toe attaches to your foot. Because bunions can lead to pain, inflammation, and stiffness, the expert podiatrists at The Foot Specialty Practice provide both conservative and surgical bunion treatments in the Kings County of Brooklyn, New York. Find out which bunion treatment is right for you by requesting an evaluation online or by calling the office to schedule a visit.
Bunions Q & A
What causes bunions?
You may be prone to developing bunions because of inherited abnormalities. For instance, if you have flat feet or unstable toe joints, your big toe can easily get pushed out of proper alignment, simply by wearing high heels or snug-fitting shoes.
Over time, your big toe gets used to slanting to the side, and the entire joint starts to change shape to allow your big toe to stay in this new position. Even though genetic traits and ill-fitting footwear are commonly to blame when it comes to bunions, your risk is also high because of:
- Arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis
- Neuromuscular conditions, including polio
- Trauma or injury, including a foot fracture
Bunions form gradually over time. Learning to recognize the symptoms and seeking medical intervention early on can reduce your risk of severe bunion-related complications.
Are bunions painful?
Not always, but typically over time, bunions often cause pain and discomfort. Without proper treatment, your bunions can also lead to:
- Corns and calluses
Bunions can become so severe you start realizing that it’s difficult to find a pair of comfortable shoes since your bunions rub the insides of shoes with each step you take. Because your bunions are likely only going to worsen, the caring podiatrists at The Foot Specialty Practice recommend coming in for a comprehensive foot exam soon, even if your symptoms are minor.
How are bunions treated?
To better determine the severity of your bunion, your dedicated podiatrist may request an in-office ultrasound or X-ray. This helps them determine the best type of treatments for your needs. Depending on the outcome of your diagnosis, your bunion treatment plan could include:
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Strapping and taping
- Changes in footwear
- Specialized padding
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) may be right for you if you have a severe bunion deformity, or if several months of trying conservative therapies haven’t been fully effective. The top-ranked podiatrists at The Foot Specialty Practice use minimally invasive tools and techniques to correct your bunion.
They can straighten out your toe joint, as well as remove damaged tissues and that bony bump. Because of advancements in surgical procedures over the years, recovery time is minimal after bunion surgery, and you can be walking around with a boot within a few days.
You won’t have to live with bunion pain and discomfort another day with the help of The Foot Specialty Practice. Request your bunion exam online today or call the clinic directly to schedule.