Bunions Specialist

Manhattan Footcare

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Brooklyn, NY

Because bunions are progressive and only get worse, it’s best to treat them as soon as possible. Whether your bunion seems minor or is causing severe, chronic pain, Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, of Manhattan Footcare can help. They can provide effective bunion relief right in their Brooklynn and Midtown Manhattan offices in New York City. Schedule your bunion evaluation online or over the phone today.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are deformities that affect your big toe. You might notice that your big toe doesn’t point straight out, but instead, it leans toward the rest of your toes. As your toe continues to get pushed out of its natural alignment, possibly due to pointy, snug-fitting shoes, the joint at the base of your big toe starts to change.

You’ll start developing a large bony bump at the base of your big toe, which can make it increasingly difficult for you to find comfortable shoes. But your footwear isn’t the only contributor to bunions. You can also develop them due to:

  • Inherited foot shape
  • Previous foot injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Weak foot ligaments

If you have a bunion, you’re also more likely to develop bursitis or a hammertoe, which can cause even more foot pain and discomfort.

Do bunions cause symptoms?

Yes, although symptoms can vary drastically depending on the severity of your bunion. Aside from the visible bony bump at the side of the base of your big toe, you can also experience:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Joint soreness
  • Corns or calluses
  • Restricted toe movement

If left untreated, bunions can dramatically change the way you walk and step, which can lead to chronic foot pain. Before your bunion progresses, visit Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace at Manhattan Footcare to get started on treatment.

How are bunions treated?

Treating bunions begins with a thorough evaluation by Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace. They’ll discuss your symptoms and may take X-rays at the clinic to determine the severity of your deformity. After getting a better understanding of your condition, they’ll design your bunion treatment plan, which may include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Padding, strapping, or taping

While these treatments are ideal for relieving symptoms, they won’t actually correct your bunion. If you’re not getting relief, or if your bunion gets worse, Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace may suggest bunion surgery.

This minimally invasive procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, involves surgically correcting your toe disfigurement. Dr. Menna or Dr. Pace may realign your toe joint or remove or repair damaged tissue.

If you want relief for your bunion, book an appointment online or over the phone with Manhattan Footcare today.