Bunion Specialist in Wall Street, Midtown, and Harlem NYC
Bunions can often cause a lot of pain, and make you feel quite uncomfortable when having to wear certain shoe styles, causing more harm. If you have a bunion and would like treatment, call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in New York City.
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Bunions are noticeable boney bump that begins to form on the joint which is found at the base of your big toe. Bunions can be a hereditary issue or other occurrences which push the front part of your foot to move out of place. This then causes the tip of your big toe to be pulled towards the smaller toes which force the base of your big toe to be pushed out. You may begin to notice the skin over the top of the bunion become quite red as well as sore.
You can also develop smaller bunions on the joint of your little toe. You will notice the same symptoms and causes as what happened to the big toe for bunions.
Many have been told for years that their bunions have been due to hereditary issues; however, it’s also due to faulty foot structure. If one of your family members has bunions, you could possibly have those genetics passed on to you and you onto your children. As well if you wear shoes that do not fit properly it can cause or even worse in bunions.
Overtime bunions can become worse and are often easily aggravated by the following:
⦁ Shoes that are too tight on the sides or too small. Causing your toes to feel crowded and be pushed together, which will end up putting pressure on the big toe
⦁ High-heeled shoes or shoes with pointed toes force your toes to be cramped together which puts more pressure onto the big toe
⦁ Standing for long periods of time
⦁ Symptoms of arthritis found in your feet
The major signs and symptoms of a bunion forming include:
⦁ Bulging bump on the outside joint of the big toe
⦁ Noticeable swelling, redness, or soreness around the big toe joint
⦁ Corns or calluses starting to develop, you will often notice them on the first and second toes due to the rubbing together
⦁ Continuous pain or pain that comes and goes
⦁ Very limited movement on the toes that have bunions
To be diagnosed with bunions whether it be on your big toe or the smallest toe, you will have to see a podiatrist. During the examination with one of our podiatrists, we will review the foot that has the bunion(s) and may ask you to do certain movements to see what you can and cannot do. Our podiatrists may also recommend getting an x-ray to investigate any further issues that you may have including deformities or injuries.
X-rays can also review the foot in greater detail, this will help our podiatrist to pinpoint the main cause of the bunion or other issues that may be occurring in the foot. Our podiatrists may also have you complete any bloodwork to rule out other issues like arthritis.
The treatment options that we will recommend all depends on the severity of your bunion, not including the amount of pain you are in due to the bunion. These options include:
⦁ Different shoes
⦁ Add padding
⦁ Shoe inserts
⦁ Icing the bunion
⦁ Removal of any swollen tissue
⦁ Applying pressure to the big toe to straighten it by removing a part of the bone
⦁ Realign any of the bones in the forefront to their appropriate position to correct the ankle that the bunion cost within the joint
⦁ Join the bones in the affected area permanently
Many times, bunions do not require treatment; however, you may need to visit a podiatrist that specializes in bunion treatments if:
⦁ You have ongoing bunion pain
⦁ There is a noticeable bump on the joint of your big toe or your little toe
⦁ Limited movement of the toe with the bunion
⦁ Have a difficult time finding shoes that fit due to your bunion
A bunion affects the bone in your foot, this is not something that you should ignore. Contact New York Foot Experts for bunion treatment. For more information call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Wall Street Financial District NY, Harlem NY, Midtown NY, Lower Manhattan NY, Brooklyn NY, and Yorkville NY.