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Posts for tag: bunions

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.

The Princess and her bunions

Meghan Markle is considered one of the world's most beautiful woman.  Always meticulously dressed in designer clothing with stunning high heels.  However, could it be? Is it true? She has bunions?
Based on some recent photographs showing red scars to the inside of her left foot, it appears so!  Meghan seems to have had surgery to correct this common foot issue.  
A recent article describes how she suffered through painful surgery.  NOT TRUE!  We perform this procedure many times a week here at Advanced Podiatry and most patients have little-to-no pain.  
If you want to walking the shoes of a princess come see us today!
By Dr. Evan A. Vieira
July 20, 2017
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions   Foot Care   Bunions surgery  
This is not your mother's bunion surgery. 
The lazy days of summer are upon us.  Time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.  Summer is a very busy time of year for us here at Advanced Podiatry.  As specialists in new bunion correction techniques we often see and influx of teachers and other professionals who have summers off.  
This is a great time of year to have you bunion fixed so you can have the time to kick your feet up and rest up at home.  New advances in bunion surgery allow you to walk immediately after surgery and get back into a shoe at about 4 weeks.  
Most patients have no pain and are able to continue to enjoy their time off without interruption.  
Give us a call now for your evaluation! 
By Advanced Podiatrists
May 19, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

One of the leading causes of persistent foot pain today is bunions. Classified as a bone deformity caused by joint enlargement at the side of a toe, bunions are created when a toe gets pushed out of its normal position.

But as relatively ho-hum as these symptoms may sound, did you know that untreated bunions can lead to far more severe toe and foot deformities? With that in mind, perhaps it's a good idea to find out what can be done about your bunions in Huntinton, as well as how to prevent them from forming again in the future from the helpful staff at Associated Podiatrists!

Check out a couple of the things you should know about your bunions below:

What Many Of Us Do That Can Cause Them

When we wear ill-fitting shoes, especially those that are too tight, we're effectively giving bunions two thumbs up to wreak havoc on our toes. Also, foot injuries, having flat feet, and having pronated feet can serve as a secondary contribution to bunion development.

Treatment And Future Prevention Methods

Bone deformations characteristic of bunions don't treat themselves - for big-time relief for your big toes, you must create a foot environment that is consistently incompatible with bunion development that consists of reduced foot pressure. Some of the leading ways to treat bunions and keep them from returning are as follows:

  • Use protective padding from material like felt. This helps rid the constant friction caused by your shoes pressing too closely against the outside of your toes.
  • Have all corns and calluses removed from your feet by an expert podiatrist.
  • Work out your feet and toes to maintain joint flexibility, which helps ward off bone conditions like arthritis.
  • Wear splints while you sleep, which helps your toe joints become more adequately aligned. (Note: this technique is more applicable to adolescents with bunions, since their bones are still developing.

If expert podiatric relief provided from tips like these is something you're looking to achieve for any other foot issues you may have, then give the helpful staff at Associated Podiatrists a call today at (877) 886-3571 for top-quality foot care right here in Roslyn, CT!

How to Find the Right Shoes for Your Feet!

All feet were created differently. Some people have flat feet and some people have smelly feet . Other people have wide feet, or bunions and painful feet . Even if you have perfect feet, it is important to make sure that you always put your best foot forward. To make sure that you are buying shoes that fit your feet properly, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

Basic Tips: 

  1. Always try on shoes at night – your feet are larger at night than they are in the morning, so to make sure that you are buying shoes that fit properly, go shopping in the evening.
  2. Avoid shoes with heels greater than 2" – Sorry ladies! Once in a while heels are okay, but for an everyday shoe, try to keep the heels under 2"
  3. Don't settle for an OK fit – Everyone's feet are different, and there is a shoe out there that is made for your foot. Take your time and try on multiple different brands and styles until you find the most comfortable shoe for your foot.
  4. If you have any special foot conditions, always consult your podiatrist – to discuss the proper footgear for your feet. Your podiatrist may also be able to recommend inserts, like a Powerstep or Custom Orthotic to help your feet maintain comfort in any kind of footwear.

What Shoes Should I Buy If I have Bunions? 

  • Wear a shoe that does not rub on the bunion – try a style that is a little larger and wider in the front, and avoid pointed toe shoes
  • Choose shoes that do not have seams on the inside of the big toe area – this can rub on the affected area and cause discomfort
  • Shoes that are made of a softer material are best – this allows for some stretching, and can be more comfortable than a stiff leather

It can often be very difficult to find shoes that will not cause pain and discomfort if you have a bunion. Padding the affected area can often make it worse by causing more friction in the shoe. Without proper treatment, the bunion will only get worse and become more painful. If you would like to do something about your painful bunion - Call Associated Podiatrists with five convenient locations in Fairfield County and Long Island, and find relief today!

Proper Shoe Fit For Kids – By Dr. Evan Vieira, DPM, AACFAS 

  1. "As with adults, children's shoes should be fitted at the end of the day to accommodate for the normal swelling that happens in all of us.
  2. Both feet should be measured in the store, while standing, with a brannock device (any good children's shoe store will have one). If there is a discrepancy, size to the larger foot.
  3. Don't size up! It is tempting to try and plan for that coming growth spurt, but purchasing shoes that don't fit well can cause blisters and foot pain as well as trip- ping and falling.
  4. Comfort! As soon as the child puts them on and walks around in the store, the shoes should feel good. If they do not, then they are not the shoe for your child. Good shoes, especially sneakers, should not require any "break-in period."
  5. Try more than one pair from more than one manufacturer. It is true that different companies can run wide or larger than others, even in the same size shoe. Everyone has a unique foot type and shape that may be better served by the cut of a particular manufacturer.
  6. If your child wears orthotics, make sure the shoe's insert can be easily removed without damage to its construct. Bring them to the store with you."



About the Author: 

Dr. Evan A. Vieira, DPM, AACFAS joined Associated Podiatrists in 2011, after completeing his residnecy in reconstructive foot surgery at the North Shore Long Islnad Jewish Health System, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Vieira is currently taking new patients in our Roslyn and Huntington office locations, and is available for surgical consultation by appointment.

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