If you’ve got a big, bony bump at the base of your big toe, it’s likely a bunion. If it causes pain, reduces your movement, or prevents your shoes from fitting, seek treatment from the experienced podiatrists at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC. Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein can diagnose and help you find relief from this common condition. If you live in the Inwood-Washington Heights sections of Manhattan, New York, or the Rockland County area, call the office or use the online booking agent to seek treatment and prevent dysfunction.
You may have a bunion if you experience:
You may also develop a bunionette on the outside of your foot, near the base of your little toe. That can cause pain, and a hard callus may form over the inflamed area. A bunionette, also known as a tailor’s bunion, is smaller, but just as painful as a bunion.
A bunion is caused by the shifting of the bones in your big toe inward. Factors that encourage this shift include:
Bunions usually start out small and increase in size and severity with time, especially if you don’t take steps to alleviate them or seek treatment.
It’s crucial to have a suspected bunion examined by Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein so they can distinguish it from arthritis or gout.
They may order an X-ray, which is available on-site, of the area and perform specific blood tests. They’ll also perform a thorough exam, review your symptoms, and discuss your medical history with you.
Conservative treatments can help relieve the pain and pressure of a bunion.
Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein may advise you to choose roomier shoes and wear over-the-counter bunion pads or orthotics to alleviate pressure. Some anti-inflammatory medications, icing, and steroid injections also help reduce pain.
When conservative treatments don’t alleviate your pain, Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein may recommend surgery to reposition the toe. The procedure may involve removing the swollen tissue or a section of the bone.
Other surgical tactics include rearranging the connective tissue to help keep it properly aligned or fusing the bones of your affected joint.
Surgery is only necessary when a bunion interferes with your quality of life. It requires several weeks, and even months, of recovery time. After surgery, you’ll likely need to adjust your habits and choose wider shoes to prevent a recurrence.
Don’t suffer the pain of bunions. Contact Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC for relief today!