By Parkway Podiatry
March 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities. They affect people of all ages, but particularly women. If you have a bulging, red, bunionspainful joint at the base of your big toe, you likely have a bunion. At Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, your podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire And Dr. Asher Rudowsky, treat bunions and they know how to do it conservatively, limiting the need for surgery.

The origin of bunions

One of the biggest causes of bunions is hereditary. In other words, if your mom has bunions, you may develop them, too, especially if you:

  • Wear tight shoes with high heels
  • Are on your feet a lot during the day
  • Are overweight

With these conditions in place, the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe comes out of alignment, turning the big toe inward toward the second and even third toes. What results is:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Hammertoes
  • Difficulty walking
  • Thick calluses on the bottom of the feet
  • Friction within the shoe

The diagnosis

When your podiatrist in Brooklyn looks at your foot, he can confirm the diagnosis of a bunion very easily. Also, he will take some digital X-rays to understand the extent of the problem. (For instance, is there arthritis or bursitis present?) Additionally, he may analyze how you walk (your gait) and look at your footwear. Together, you will agree upon a treatment plan.

Treating bunions

Some bunions need surgery (a bunionectomy) to remove the bump and correct the joint or injected corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. However, most do not, and conservative  measures,  used consistently in combination, provide significant relief of discomfort and halt the progression of the problem.

Conservative interventions can include:

  1. A change to roomier, more supportive shoes with low heels
  2. Weight control
  3. Shoe orthotics, custom-made by your Brooklyn podiatrist
  4. Shoe padding (such as moleskin)
  5. Callus and corn removal at Parkway Podiatry
  6. Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  7. Night-time splints to realign the big toe joint (particularly helpful for adolescents)

Find out more

Don't let your bunion worsen. Get the best help now from your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky. Contact Parkway Podiatry today for your consultation. Phone (718) 236-5253.