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Bunions

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Parkway Podiatry

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

You shouldn’t feel pain with each step you take, but if you’re living with bunions, easing the pain in your foot can be far from easy. That’s why Gary Saphire, DPM, offers dedicated bunion care at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York. With a wide range of treatments, including reconstructive surgery, he helps patients in the Bensonhurst and Gravesend neighborhoods eliminate their foot pain and reclaim their quality of life. Learn more by calling his office or scheduling your appointment online.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony growth that forms on the joint at the base of your toe. They’re most common in the big toe, although bunionettes can form at the base of your pinky toe, too. You can usually see a bunion; it looks like a bump at the base of your toe that bulges out to the side of your foot. 

Wherever they form, bunions push the bones of your feet out of their normal alignment. They can cause swelling and redness in the affected area and make walking uncomfortable or painful. Additionally, finding shoes that fit and don’t rub your bunions is usually a challenge. 

What causes bunions?

Inherited genes can increase your likelihood of getting bunions, as can arthritis in your feet. But the choices you make day-to-day can also increase your risk of bunions. Shoes that are too tight, especially high heels, put a strain on your feet. Wearing ill-fitting shoes on a regular basis is linked to increased bunions. 

How are bunions treated?

Dr. Saphire analyzes your bunions so that he can develop the most effective treatment plan for you. In some cases, conservative treatments like new shoes, padding the bunion, or adding orthotics to your shoes can relieve the pain completely.  

When these treatments are ineffective, and your bunion is still interfering with your daily life, Dr. Saphire offers reconstructive surgery. 

What should I expect if I need bunion surgery?

Dr. Saphire is well-versed in performing reconstructive surgery for patients with bunions. During your procedure, he makes a small incision on your foot. He is then able to correct the issue causing your pain, whether that’s realigning your toe bones, removing swollen tissue, or removing excess bone growth. 

After your surgery, Dr. Saphire sends you home with detailed care instructions. Usually, this means avoiding putting weight on the affected foot and icing and elevating it for a period of time. The Parkway Podiatry team stays involved in your healing process so that you can get back to your routine as quickly as possible.

Bunions don’t have to cause you pain throughout your day. Get the dedicated care and treatment you need by calling Parkway Podiatry or booking your appointment online today.