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Bunion Deformity Treatment in New York, NY

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What Is Bunion Deformity Treatment?

A bony bump on the side of your big toe is a form of arthritis. It indicates that degenerative changes are taking place in the joint underneath. The bunion can cause your first toe to push outward against your second toe, resulting in a deformity of one or both toes. While poorly fitting shoes with a narrow toe box can aggravate bunions, the primary cause is hereditary. Fortunately, bunion deformity treatment can have your feet feeling back to normal. If you think you might be suffering from bunion deformity, schedule a consultation today with one of the skilled doctors at Millennium Podiatry in New York, NY.

How Do I Know If I Have Bunion Deformity?

The signs and symptoms of a bunion include:

  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
  • Swelling, redness, or soreness around your big toe joint
  • Thickening of the skin at the base of your big toe
  • Corns or calluses — these often develop where the first and second toes overlap
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Restricted movement of your big toe

How is Bunion Deformity Treatment Performed?

Conservative treatments such as orthotics (shoe inserts) and injections at the base of the big toe can sometimes temporarily relieve bunion problems, but surgery is often required for definitive treatment.

Several surgical procedures can be performed to correct bunion deformities. These are now usually done as an ambulatory procedure, not requiring hospital admission. Some bunion procedures do not even require stitches after the minimal incision.

Bunion FAQs

Can a bunion go away?
Bunions cannot go away without proper treatment. If you suspect you have a bunion, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Over time, your symptoms could become much worse, so we recommend receiving treatment to help slow this progressive condition.

Is having a bunion removed painful?
The pain amount will vary for each person. Generally, for the first 3 – 5 days, you experience some soreness. To help with healing and comfort, our team provides detailed aftercare instructions that help minimize the pain and reduce swelling.

Should I have bunion surgery or not?
Before undergoing bunion surgery, we try more conservative options first. This usually includes orthotics or injections. For more severe cases that cause chronic pain, you may need surgery to remove the bunion.

Why does my bunion hurt all of a sudden?
Sometimes, the joint can swell, which may cause a cyst with fluid in it (bursa) to develop. It often happens after wearing tight or incorrect shoes. Pain can also occur because of gout, which makes the bunion become inflamed, painful, or swollen. At an appointment with one of our podiatrists or foot doctors, we can help diagnose the underlying condition.

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