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Posts for category: Bunions

By Dr Arden Smith
May 15, 2020
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions...OUCH!!!  
                        
 
Whether or not your life is out of balance because of COVID-19, bunions are a pain!!!
 
They are caused by genetic predisposition‘s, foot deformities, and injuries, and occur when the big toe joint moves out of alignment, creating that characteristic bump.
 
The first metatarsal deviates outward and the big toe deviates inward, and you have this malpositioned joint. This can result in inflammation and discomfort while walking, due to the change in the shape of the foot.
 
Despite popular misconception, bunions are not caused by high heels, or improper footwear, but they certainly can worsen a pre-existing bunion, or make those genetically predisposed more susceptible. 
 
Think of it like the framework in your car: the car's axle might be shifted a little bit. You can have a front end car alignment problem, and it still functions to get you from point "A" to point "B", but depending on how you take care of it, you will still have to get it fixed.
 
The long-term fix to painful bunions is surgical correction. Conservatively, you can wear wide shoes, or soft pads and accommodate it. We can measure you for Custom Foot Orthotics to try to slow it down, and we can give injections if there is inflammation.
 
Bunions should be addressed early. You should get a baseline set of x-rays, so you know exactly what your deformity is and how you may, or may not treat it at that time. Bunions may, or may not progress, but the younger you are, the easier the fix and the better the correction you can get. As you get older, your options change and your joints may become more arthritic, which changes your options as well.
 
At the first sign of a bunion, even if it is not painful, it would be prudent to have it evaluated by one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth.
By Dr Shabana Chowdhury
December 05, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  

                                                          

The big toe is the hardest working toe in your foot. Every time your foot pushes off the ground, this toe supports most of your body weight. Because the big toe is so critical for gait, any problem with it can make walking or even standing painful. A bunion is the most common problem with the big toe. This occurs when there is excess or misaligned bone in the joint. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. But this problem can be treated. With a podiatrists help, your feet can feel and look better.

Bunions usually occur at the base of the big toe. They may also develop on the fifth toe. Bunions often caused by abnormal foot mechanics. The foot may flatten too much, forcing the toe joint beyond normal range. In some cases, joint damage caused by arthritis or an injury leads to a bunion. Certain people are born with the tendency to develop bunions. If you are at risk for bunions, wearing poorly fitting shoes makes the problem more likely to develop.

To determine the best treatment for your foot, your podiatrist will ask questions and examine you. Describe any symptoms you have, including whether the bunion causes pain. Your podiatrist will likely test how the affected joint moves. To check for abnormal foot mechanics, your doctor may watch you walk to see how your feet rotate and flatten as you walk. X Rays will be taken to show the position of the big toe joint. Your doctor may also want to see whether the bunion is affecting other bones in your foot and causing other issues, such as hammertoes.

If a bunion mild and does not cause pain your podiatrist may recommend a different style of shoe. Custom shoe inserts may be prescribed to correct abnormal foot mechanics. For bunions that are painful or severe, surgery may be recommended. This is an outpatient surgery, so no hospital stay is needed.

Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a detailed clinical evaluation of your bunion and your treatment options.

By Dr Evan Vieira
November 23, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: No More Bunions  

This patient is ready for heels!

     

By Dr Evan Vieira
June 11, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

                       

Bunions are common, painful and unsightly.  However, many people will ignore the pain and deal with the inconvenience out of fear that surgical correction can be a bad experience.  We have a very high success rate with quick recovery.  Don't believe us, just read our reviews!  

With the use of the latest surgical techniques, removable screws and minimally invasive techniques you literally walk out of the surgery center after your procedure.  You will spend minimal time in a surgical shoe or walking boot and back to shoe gear within a month.  
 
Our patients experience virtually little to no post-operative pain because of advanced recovery techniques.  If you want to learn more, please schedule a consultation in one of our modern offices today.  We are here to answer your questions and look forward to guiding you through your procedure and recovery.  

                                         

There are many misconceptions about bunion surgery and we hear about them everyday.  Patients will suffer with painful bunions for years because of misinformation they read on the internet or a bad experience they hear about from their friend.  When performed properly, with appropriate post operative care bunion surgery is both very successful and well tolerated.  

Here at advanced podiatry we take every possible precaution and use the latest technology and technique to limit complications and make your experience pain free.  One such advancement is removable hardware. Bunion surgery often requires the use of screw fixation to repair the deformity.  We use a specially designed screw that is simply, easily and painlessly removed 6 weeks after surgery.  This leaves you with no metal in your foot and no bunion either!
 
By using small incisions, minimally invasive techniques and the best instrumentation we are able to get you walking the day of surgery and most times limit the use of post operative pain medication to just the first few days.  We also use something called cold compression therapy in our practice.  This simple but effective cooling modality prevents post operative swelling and keeps our patients comfortable and pain free.  
 
These are just a few of the common things we hear about from patients, but if you have other questions please give us a call today!  We are here to help. 


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