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By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
January 31, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunion  

When bunions begin to interfere with your life, it may be time to consider surgery. The podiatrists at  Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, perform bunion surgery and diagnose and treat conditions that affect the feet and ankles.

Should I consider bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery is recommended if conservative treatment doesn't ease your pain. Although orthotics, taping your feet and buying roomier shoes can be helpful, these measures won't eliminate the bunion and may not completely relieve your painful symptoms.

Your foot doctor may suggest surgery if your bunion prevents you from carrying out your usual daily activities. If you've stopped exercising, avoid doing anything that involves walking and spend too much time thinking about your pain, it may be time to consider bunion surgery.

Bunion surgery may also be helpful if your bunion is getting larger and more painful, you can't move your toe, or your condition has begun to cause pain in other parts of your body. For example, if you change the way you walk due to pain in your foot, you might experience knee, hip or back pain.

How will bunion surgery help me?

During surgery, your New York City, NY, podiatrist will realign the joint, remove excess tissue, and repair tendons and ligaments. If portions of bone are removed during surgery, your procedure may also involve attaching pins, screws or metal plates to bones. In some cases, your foot doctor may recommend fusing the bones in your toe or mid-foot.

What happens after bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. After you're released from the recovery room, you'll need to take it easy at home. You may wear a boot and use crutches for a few weeks, depending on the type of surgery. A foot brace and special shoes will help keep your joint in the best position for healing in the weeks following your procedure. Most people can resume driving after about six weeks, although it will take about two months until you can resume your normal activities. Your foot doctor may recommend physical therapy to strengthen your foot and ankle muscles and improve range of motion.

Bunion surgery offers an effective option if the quality of your life has declined due to your bunions. Call the podiatrists at  Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
October 17, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hallux Valgus   Bunion  

Hallux ValgusHallux valgus may sound like a complicated, rare disease or a spell from the Harry Potter universe, but it's actually another name for bunions, a common foot disorder.

If your podiatrist has diagnosed you with hallux valgus, you may be a little taken aback. Don't worry,­ that's just a long name for a common foot disorder­ also known as a bunion. The hallux is better known as your big toe, and "valgus" means bent or twisted. These two words together describe exactly what a bunion is­ your big toe bent toward your other toes. Moving on to your next possible concerns: why does this problem exist and how can it be treated or prevented?

Hallux Valgus 101

Bunions form due to pressure on the two joints of the big toe. This toe becomes angled unnaturally inward and the bunion is the resulting deformity of the bone. Contrary to popular belief, they are not tumors or cysts. Bunions can present with pain, swelling, and increasingly limited range of motion.

Causes

Experts are divided on the cause of bunions: some believe that they are genetic, while others place the blame on years of wearing shoes that crowd the toes. In either case, shoes are thought to worsen hallux valgus deformities over time if they put pressure on the toes or contort the feet into abnormal positions. Since women's footwear is generally more narrow and confining than men's, bunions occur more often in them. While arthritis does not necessarily cause bunions, the joint inflammation can worsen them.

Treatment

Your podiatrist will likely recommend non­surgical options first. You should ensure that your shoes are comfortable and fit properly. Specialty shoe store employees can take measurements of your foot and recommend the best size. Shoe inserts or arch supports can be used to redistribute your weight and relax the muscles. For pain, over­the­counter analgesics like ibuprofen or naproxen are recommended.

If you continue you to have problems, surgery to remove some of the bone or surrounding tissue to straighten the foot back into position. A change in the shape of your foot or the way your shoes fit warrants a call to your podiatrist for evaluation.