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.
"Dr. Levine and staff are absolutely amazing. I had several consultations with other podiatrists, none came close Dr. Levine or Dr. Ryan. Both do meticulous work. I had very painful bunions on both feet, Dr. Levine removed both and I barely have scars (seriously!). Kind, compassionate, and TOP in her field. My sister suffers from the same (painful bunions), and she lives over an hour and half outside NYC but she will ONLY see Dr. Levine for her surgery. I highly recommend 100%!!!"- Deb G / Google / Dec 10, 2020
"Dr. Suzanne Levine and her team are the best! I had a bad infection on my toe that looked dreadful. Dr. Levine treated it with a laser that was gentle, quick, and effective. After two treatments, my toe looked 100% better! I would definitely trust them with any foot issues in the future"- Jeffrey Greenstein / Google / Nov 20, 2020
"Dr. Levine and her team are real top professionals in the field of podiatry. I came here because of a misdiagnosed foot problem. Dr Levine identified the issue immediately. Also the office is state of the art and supper efficient!"- Kim Opiatowski / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"Dr. Levine, Dr. Ryan and the team at Institute Beauté provided the best podiatry services and overall healthcare experience I have ever received. From my initial consultation through both of my foot surgeries and follow-ups, I have had every question answered, every treatment clearly and patiently explained to me and am treated like family during every visit. Dr. Levine is at the top of her field and introduced me to innovative procedures that were able to correct foot problems I formerly thought I would struggle with forever. Correcting my foot pain has changed my life and I could not recommend Dr. Levine and her team highly enough."- Rebecca Schlacter / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"I knew from my consultation with Dr. Ryan that I was in great hands at Dr Levine's practice. He answered all my questions, putting any concerns at ease, educating and assuring me on problems and solutions. We were on the same page when I left the office and I felt confident to book the operations. I was treated for multiple ailments including bunions, flat feet, and crooked toes. Within a month, I can feel the difference in my arch and even the way I walk, not to mention how much better they look. The office is aesthetically glamorous, it gives me great vibes, and the girls at the desk are so sweet and accommodating. This is the place to go if you have any concerns about your feet!"- Brittany Beckett / Google / Nov 17, 2020
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 may 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 will 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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