Bunions Specialist

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Financial District, New York, NY

Bunions are the most common foot problem you’re likely to develop, affecting an estimated 25-33% of all adults. Beyond being common and painful, you need to know that bunions continuously worsen if they’re not treated, so don’t hesitate to call the New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM. With expertise in treating bunions, Dr. Drapacz can help relieve your pain and correct the problem at his New York offices in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District. Same-day appointments are available, as well as late evenings and Saturdays, so call the closest office or use the online scheduler.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a deformity that occurs when the bones and joints of your big toe are out of their normal positions. It forms gradually, as pressure pushes against the big toe, making the tip of the toe lean in toward the second toe. As a result, the joint at the base of your big toe begins to bend and stick out, forming the classic protruding bump.

Without treatment, bunions continue to worsen. As the normal structure changes, the joint becomes inflamed and swollen. Inflammation may also develop in fluid-filled sacs in the joint, causing bursitis.

In severe cases, the top of your big toe angles under or over your second toe, then the second toe moves out of alignment and pushes into the third toe.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

The most obvious symptom of a bunion is the visible, bony bump at the base of your big toe, but you may also experience:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Swelling and redness around the joint
  • Hardened skin on the bottom of your foot
  • Limited motion of your big toe
  • Difficulty walking

Are you at risk of developing bunions?

Women are at least eight times more likely than men to develop bunions, a problem that’s attributed to their footwear. You’re more likely to develop bunions if you:

  • Wear narrow, pointed-toe, or high-heeled shoes
  • Wear shoes that are too short
  • Had a previous foot injury
  • Have flat feet or pronated feet
  • Have a family history of bunions
  • Have structural abnormalities like flat arches
  • Have an inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis

How are bunions treated?

Treatment begins with measures to relieve your pain and to stop the bunion from worsening. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Protective foot padding to relieve pain
  • Orthotic shoe inserts or devices to stabilize the joint
  • Shoes wide enough to relieve pressure on your toe
  • Specially-fitted shoes to accommodate the bunion
  • Exercises to restore and maintain joint health

Dr. Drapacz may recommend surgery if you still have pain and difficulty walking after trying more conservative measures. Surgery is the only way to repair a bunion, but there are several types of surgery that may be performed, depending on the severity of your bone and joint deformity.

Please get early treatment at the first sign of a bunion. Call the New York Foot Experts or schedule an appointment online.

 

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