Bunions are not just unattractive and unsightly, but depending on their size and the extent of joint damage they've caused, they can also be painful and affect everything from your ability to fit into your favorite shoes to participating in sports and physical activities. Fortunately, you don't have to live with bunion pain. Here at Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C. & Associates in Manhattan, your podiatrists offer solutions for both bunions as well as a number of other foot and ankle conditions. Read on to learn more!
More about Bunions and Bunion Symptoms
One of the most common podiatric problems today, bunions are acquired foot deformities that manifest themselves as bumps at the base of big toes. There are several factors that can increase an individual's risk of developing bunions, and while anyone can get a bunion at any age, they are more common in women and the risk tends to develop with age.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bony protrusion/bump at the base of the big toe
- Big toe slants towards the other toes away from the joint
- Corns and calluses from friction between the bunion and your shoes
- Limited movement/mobility issues (advanced joint damage can also increase your risk for arthritis)
- Your shoes feel tighter than normal or don't fit
What Causes Bunions?
There are a few things that can cause or increase the risk of bunions, some of which are preventable and others which are caused by factors like heredity or your foot type. Some other risk factors for developing bunions include:
- Wearing high heels and tight, narrow shoes that crowd the toes
- Spending a lot of time on your feet on an ongoing basis
- Underlying joint injury or arthritis
Bunion Treatment in Manhattan
Like many other foot and ankle problems, bunions can generally be treated conservatively at first depending on the size and severity. The treatment options for bunions include:
- Icing and pain relievers to relieve inflammation and discomfort
- Arch supports or custom orthotics if you have flat feet or pronation
- Supportive shoes
- Splints and padding to align the joint and prevent chafing
Surgery to correct a bunion is rare, but is sometimes performed when conservative treatments are ineffective and there is extensive damage to the joint. You can also lower your risk of developing a bunion by wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and discussing your risk factors with the podiatrist.
Find a Podiatrist in NYC
Whether you're a highly active individual and athlete, or you're just experiencing pain or having trouble fitting into your favorite shoes because of a bunion, we can help. Contact our Manhattan office today by calling (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists.