Posts for tag: Bunions

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.

By Parkway Podiatry
January 14, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

While they can appear to be more of a cosmetic problem than anything else, bunions can also be quite painful. They can also lead to other foot problems like hammer toes, inflammation at the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia), and bursitis. The most common sign of a bunion is a large, protruding bump at the joint of the affected foot, with the big toe curving inward at an angle towards the rest of the Bunions toes.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions form when pressure is disproportionately applied to the joint in the foot. Factors like anatomy, heredity, and arthritis, which can cause people to shift their weight to avoid pain in other parts of the legs and feet, can lead to the formation of bunions. While conservative treatments can help to alleviate symptoms and to adjust the alignment of the big toe, surgery (bunionectomy) is sometimes necessary to help correct the problem.

Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors for Bunions

In addition to the telltale bump protruding from the base of the big toe on the affected foot, bunions can also cause:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Swelling and redness
  • Calluses, corns, and thickening of the skin at the base of the toe
  • Mobility problems in the affected toe
  • Affected foot can no longer fit into regular shoe size
How are bunions treated?

Treatment will typically depend on the severity and size of the bunion, and how responsive it is to conservative treatments, such as padding and taping the foot to correct alignment of the toe, ice, and medication. In more advanced cases, surgery is used to remove any damaged tissue, and to help realign the position of the bone and connective tissue around the joint.

Can bunions be prevented?

While some cases result from uncontrollable factors such as heredity or defects of the joint in the foot, there are certain steps that can be taken to ensure proper alignment, and to minimize added stress on the joint, such as wearing comfortable, appropriately sized shoes, and orthotic insoles when necessary.

Contact a Podiatrist in Brooklyn

To learn more about bunion treatment options and relief from foot pain, contact Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn at(718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment today!