FAQs

Are people born with foot problems or do they develop later?

Only a small percentage of foot problems are genetic. Foot problems often develop because of neglect and poor understanding of proper foot care. Common causes include ill-fitting shoes and constantly wearing high heels.


Do podiatrists practice in specialized areas?

While all podiatrists are highly trained practitioners, some specialize in areas such as foot surgery, foot dermatology, bone and joint disorders, diabetic foot care, children’s foot disorders, disorders common to seniors, footwear technology and sports medicine.Other podiatrists specialize in research areas of human movement studies, footwear technology and podometric research. These podiatrist can commonly be found working within the footwear industry.

Do women have more foot problems than men?

Women have about four times as many foot ailments as men; high heels are frequently to blame. Women should limit the time they wear heels higher than 4 cm, and alternate these with good-quality flatties or low (2,5 cm) wedge heels for part of the day.


My children don’t have any foot pain. Why should I take them to a podiatrist?

Children may have structural imbalances of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. Early detection can lead to fewer difficulties as your child grows up.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Symptoms of a bunion are most noticeable when wearing shoes. Most often when wearing those shoes that crowd the toes – those shoes with a tight toe box and high heel shoes. This may explain why women are more likely to complain of symptoms than men. Spending long hours on your feet may also aggravate the symptoms of bunions.Symptoms that occur at the site of the bunion may include:

  • Pain or soreness
  • Inflammation and redness
  • A burning sensation
  • Occasionally some numbness

Are bunions hereditary?

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanic structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion.

What happens during the actual surgery (bunion removal)?

The surgery to remove a bunion is called a bunionectomy. The procedure takes about 30–45 minutes. During the surgery the surgeon makes an incision on the side of the great toe. A small piece of the bone is removed. The bone in the great toe is repositioned to correct the deformity. Sometimes a screw, pin or wire is inserted to keep the bone in the proper position. Then the incision is closed and a dressing applied.

The surgical procedure performed as part of Premier Research clinical trials is the most current bunion surgery available and is considered a standard of care procedure.

Surgery for bunion removal is typically an outpatient procedure. When you have your bunion removed as part of a clinical trial, you will be required to stay in the clinic for a longer period of time and will be closely evaluated by our trained research physicians, nurses, and other highly skilled staff.

If you have more than one bunion that requires surgery, only one bunion will be removed per clinical trial. You may participate in a subsequent clinical trial with Premier Research to have a second bunion removed, but you may not participate in the same clinical trial a second time.

How can I avoid surgery?

Sometimes observation of the bunion is all that’s needed. A periodic office evaluation and x-ray examination can determine if your bunion deformity is advancing, thereby reducing your chance of irreversible damage to the joint. In many other cases, however, some type of treatment is needed, such as changes in shoes, padding, activity modifications, pain medications, icing, injection therapy, and orthotic devices.

When the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it’s time to discuss surgical options with your foot and ankle surgeon. Together you can decide if surgery is best for you.

Is the bunion surgery painful?

The amount of pain experienced after bunion surgery is different from one person to the next. Most patients will experience discomfort for three to five days. If you closely follow your foot and ankle surgeon’s instructions, you can help minimize pain and swelling after your bunion surgery.

After a Hallux Valgus operation, can sports activities such as jogging, or dancing, be resumed in the future?

Yes, patients can resume all the usual sporting activities.

Is a general anaesthetic needed in all cases for the operation?

In consultation with the anaesthetist a local anaesthetic in the lower leg can sometimes be sufficient. Sometimes even a so called ‘foot block’ is sufficient. This is where a local anaesthetic is injected directly above the ankle-joint. The patient remains awake and the foot is completely anaesthetised.

What causes Hammertoes?

Hammertoes occur when a normal foot becomes flat and the flexor muscles overpower the smaller muscles causing the outer two joints of the toe to bend downward. In this unnatural position, the inside of the shoe rubs againt the bent toe joints, gradually causing calluses to form on the tops of the toes. Early treatment is important when hammertoes first begin to develop so they don’t become rigid.

Are there any risks with this operation?

As with all surgical operations, there are risks. Your surgeon and your anaesthetist will be able to judge any possible complications, depending on your health records.

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in New York, NY

New York Foot Experts is a top provider of state-of-the art care for patients throughout the New York City metro region, with practices in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side and the Financial District, as well as Brooklyn Heights and Rego Park, Queens, NY. The practice offers a broad array of care options, including treatments for bunions, corns, toenail fungus, hammertoe, flat feet, and heel pain, as well as foot and ankle sprains and fractures.

The practice offers the highest quality of care using advanced approaches for safe, effective treatment and superior results in patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Every treatment plan is carefully developed based on the medical needs, health histories and lifestyle factors of each individual patient for truly custom care.

As top providers of podiatry services in the Greater New York City area, the physicians at New York Foot Experts are dedicated to patient education, helping patients understand the causes of their foot and ankle pain as well as the treatment options that are available to help them find relief. The board-certified physicians draw from decades of experience focused on the diagnosis and treatment of both simple and complex foot and ankle injuries and diseases, and offer significant expertise in the underlying pathology of foot and ankle conditions, as well as both surgical and non-surgical approaches to care.

New York Foot Experts offers six locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, NY, and accepts most major medical insurance plans. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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New York Foot Experts

New York Foot Experts is a top provider of state-of-the art care for patients throughout the New York City metro region, with practices in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side and the Financial District, as well as Brooklyn Heights and Rego Park, Queens, NY. The practice offers a broad array of care options, including treatments for bunions, corns, toenail fungus, hammertoe, flat feet, and heel pain, as well as foot and ankle sprains and fractures.

The practice offers the highest quality of care using advanced approaches for safe, effective treatment and superior results in patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Every treatment plan is carefully developed based on the medical needs, health histories and lifestyle factors of each individual patient for truly custom care.

As top providers of podiatry services in the Greater New York City area, the physicians at New York Foot Experts are dedicated to patient education, helping patients understand the causes of their foot and ankle pain as well as the treatment options that are available to help them find relief. The board-certified physicians draw from decades of experience focused on the diagnosis and treatment of both simple and complex foot and ankle injuries and diseases, and offer significant expertise in the underlying pathology of foot and ankle conditions, as well as both surgical and non-surgical approaches to care.

New York Foot Experts offers six locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, NY, and accepts most major medical insurance plans. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment.



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