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By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
October 15, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are not just unattractive and unsightly, but depending on their size and the extent of joint damage they've caused, they can also Bunionsbe 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
  • Pain
  • Tenderness/redness/swelling
  • 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
  • Splints
  • 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.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsIs it about time you had bunion surgery? Although bunion pain can often be eased with other treatments, surgery may be the best option in some cases. The podiatrists at Kenneth R Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, provide a range of bunion treatments, including surgery.

Do I need bunion surgery?

You may be able to relieve or reduce your pain and slow the progression of your bunions by avoiding high heels and tight shoes, taping your feet, or wearing night splints or orthotics to realign your feet. Although these measures can be helpful, they can't reverse bunions. Surgery offers the only way to remove the bunion and end your pain. Bunion surgery may be recommended if you have:

  • Severe Pain: Does pain keep you off your feet and interfere with your usual activities? Although surgery is helpful, it's usually only recommended when more conservative measures are no longer helpful. If bunions make walking very difficult, prevent you from exercising, affect your job or keep you from participating in activities and events you've always enjoyed, you may be a good candidate for surgery.
  • Big Toe Creep: As your bunion worsens, your big toe may lean toward your other toes. Overlapping toes can make shoe shopping even more difficult and may cause corns and calluses that only add to your pain. Surgery will not only remove your bunion, but realign the joint, eliminating toe overlapping.
  • Inflammation: Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can be very helpful in reducing swelling and stiffness in your joint, but the medications might not be so effective when inflammation becomes a chronic problem. At this stage, bunion surgery may be the only effective treatment.

What happens during bunion surgery?

Your New York City podiatrist will recommend bunion surgery based on your symptoms and the severity of your condition. Surgery generally involves removing the bump, improving the alignment of the bones in the joint and removing excess tissue. Repair of tendons and ligaments may also be necessary. Bunion surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis.

Would you like to find out if bunion surgery can help you? Call podiatrists at Kenneth R Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York City, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
March 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions rank high on the list of embarrassing foot problems. They can also create secondary foot problems, like hammertoes and bunionscalluses. You have many options for treating a case of bunions, but when all other methods fail, you and a podiatrist at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY, may have to consider bunion surgery.

Initial Bunion Treatment Options
Many patients can realign their toes by training the feet back in the correct position over a period of time. Implements a podiatrist may use to achieve this goal include splints, padding, wrapping tape or cloth, and orthotic devices. These usually help in the beginning stages of bunion formation, but when a bunion becomes fixed in its position, a surgical procedure might be the only thing that can get rid of the unsightly bump and toe crowding.

When Is Bunion Surgery Needed?
Your New York City podiatrist will take non-invasive steps to avoid surgery, but if they don’t help surgery may be required. Here are a few indications that a bunionectomy is  the ideal  solution:

- The bunion is very rigid and doesn’t move.
- The bunion is painful and makes walking a challenge.
- You can no longer comfortably wear shoes.
- There is a major toe deformity.
- Other treatments have produced only minor results.

Preparing for Bunion Surgery
Keep in mind that you may have to take time off of work for up to a couple of weeks after a bunionectomy, especially if you work on your feet or you’re an athlete. Your doctor will discuss sedation methods with you. The type of surgery will depend on the severity and shape of the bunion. Some of the bone may be removed so that the toe can be manually realigned and pinned in a better position. In some cases, the joint is fused so that the bones can heal properly over time.

Consult Your Podiatrist
Bunions can become a very serious foot condition without treatment. If non-invasive solutions haven’t realigned your feet yet, see a podiatrist at Kenneth R. Meisler & Associates in New York City, NY, to talk about bunion surgery. Call (212) 628-4444 today for an appointment.

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
August 14, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions  

Women tend to experience the pain and disfigurement associated with bunions more often than men. Here we explain why:

It's been said that women often suffer for the sake of fashion. That seems to be especially true when it comes to their feet ­ years of wearing narrow, high­heeled, pointed shoes can wreak havoc on the structure of women's feet, particularly in the form of bunions. These deformities have become one of the most common afflictions podiatrists treat in their offices. But why does this problem tend to affect women over men, and what can be done to prevent it?

Bunion basics

First, it's important to know what bunions are and how they develop. Bunions gradually develop on the outside of the big toes from pressure on their joints. As the big toe is constantly pushed inward toward the other toes, the bunion becomes more pronounced. They are not actually new growths; the deformity of the foot bones makes it appear that there is a lump under the skin. The results of this irregularity can be pain, swelling and limited range of motion, and its appearance can make people self­conscious about going barefoot or wearing open­toed shoes.

Women's susceptibility

The cause of bunions is not completely known: they may be an inherited abnormality, or they may be caused by many years of wearing ill­fitting footwear. Either way, it is generally accepted that cheaply-­made or tight-­fitting shoes can worsen bunions over time. Given that women's shoes often require the foot to contort into an unnatural position, it is no wonder that more women suffer from bunions than men. Women also tend to be more arthritic, a condition that can exacerbate bunions as well.

Treatment

Low-­maintenance, non­-surgical options are usually the first line of treatment for bunions. Shoes should be high­quality and fitted by an expert to ensure proper sizing. Specially­designed foot pads or arch supports can be worn to alleviate some of the pressure and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen can ease the pain. Surgeries involve removing some of the affected bone or surrounding tissue to correct the foot's position.

If you think your feet might be fashion victims, kick your shoes off and call your podiatrist to ask about your options.