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By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
July 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsDr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates has experience when dealing with bunions and the pain affiliated with them, which is why he provides his patients with state-of-the-art care at their Bronx, NY, office.

Bunions

They are the deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. This deformity occurs due to the big toe moving out of place and the pain accompanied with it increases as the enlarged joint constant rubs against your footwear. As time goes by, the toe starts bending towards the rest of the toes, sometimes causing hallux valgus, or a bunion. When this occurs, the pressure and friction placed on and against the toe cause discomfort, irritation, and inflammation. Unfortunately, if bunions are not treated they can cause other problems, such as:

  • Hallus Abducto Valgus (the big toe moves towards the second toe)
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Hammertoes
  • The skin over the big toe becomes thicker and more tender

Bunions manifest in mostly women who wear narrow-heeled shoes. That's not the only reason though. Here are a few reasons as to why they do occur:

  • flat feet
  • foot injuries
  • neuromuscular problems
  • faulty foot structure

Your Bronx podiatrist can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:

  • Orthotic devices, which can be over-the-counter or custom made, help support the joint and position the foot so walking and standing are done with more ease.
  • There are certain exercises which may help prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints are worn at night, predominantly by adolescence, to help the proper alignment of the toe and joint.
  • If the previous non-invasive methods don't work, your podiatrist may advise surgical treatment, called bunionectomy.
  • Your podiatrist may opt to remove any corns and calluses developed.
  • A good idea would be to wear shoes designed to accommodate the bunion.

Find out how your Bronx, NY, podiatrist can help you with your bunion by calling today!

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if your foot problems could be due to this deformity.bunions

Many people develop bunions, which are a foot deformity that develops slowly over time. If you are noticing pain or other changes in the shape of your foot then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Bronx, NY, podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein is here to tell you more about bunions and how to keep their symptoms under control.

What are bunions?

A bunion is a structural deformity that affects joints in the foot. While a bunion can develop on any joint it is most commonly found at the joint that is located at the base of the big toe. If you look at this big toe joint you can see that the bone slightly juts out naturally.

Of course, if you have a bunion this joint will stick out more prominently than in a foot that doesn’t have a bunion. As the deformity progresses it can even cause the big toe to lean inward toward the other toes.

How are bunions treated?

The only way to repair a bunion is with surgery, but as our Bronx, NY foot doctor will tell you, getting bunion surgery is only necessary if you are in severe pain or if the bunion is so severe that even walking around causes you problems.

In most cases, bunion symptoms can easily be managed with simple day-to-day measures. For one, make sure that the shoes you wear don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion. Once you have a bunion, the shoes you wear become particularly important. You want shoes that have a low heel (high heels can exacerbate your condition) and that offer enough cushioning and support.

Splinting or bracing the foot can also improve the alignment of the foot, which can help alleviate symptoms and take pressure off of the bunion when standing or walking.

When should I visit a doctor?

If you suspect that you have a bunion but don’t actually know then the best thing you can do is to schedule an evaluation with us. We can run X-rays and perform a thorough physical exam to determine whether you are dealing with a bunion or something else. The sooner we get to the bottom of your symptoms the sooner we can create a treatment plan that will effectively eliminate your issues.

NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY, is dedicated to providing the very best in foot care services. Whether you think you have a bunion or you are dealing with other foot issues, we are here to help. Schedule your consultation with us today.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
May 06, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

If you have bunions, you are probably no stranger to foot pain. Due to their location, bunions take the body’s full weight with every step, bunionsmaking walking or even standing painful. However, NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY wants you to beat your bunion pain once and for all. Together, you and your podiatrist can find the solution to your pain.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located where the big toe meets the foot. As a bunion develops, it grows larger, forming a lump on the inside of the foot and forcing the big toe outwards toward the smaller toes. Over time, the toes’ muscles and bones become misaligned, causing deformation, pain and discomfort. Bunions may become irritated or swollen due to wearing shoes which rub the growth. Women are more prone to bunions than men, probably due to the correlation between narrow, pointed and high-heeled shoes and bunion development.

How are bunions treated? 
Depending on the severity of the bunion, treatment varies. In mild cases, treatment may be as simple as changing the type of shoes you wear. Try to avoid shoes which are narrow or tight. Wear shoes which have ample room in the toe box to accommodate your foot without irritating or rubbing the bunion. Over-the-counter medications and icing the foot help relieve pain and swelling. In severe cases of bunions, your Bronx podiatrist may recommend bunion surgery. This surgery removes the bunion itself and realigns the bones and connective tissues in the foot into a normal position.

How can my podiatrist help? 
Assuming your bunion is in the early stages, your podiatrist will probably want to monitor it so it does not need surgery in the future. In this case, yearly foot examinations at your doctor’s office help to prevent bunion growth and ensure that there are no other issues with your feet in general. After diagnosing your condition, your doctor will work with you to determine which plan of action is best for your situation.

For more information on bunion pain and treatment, please contact Dr. Barry Finkelstein at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, NY. Call (718) 881-7990 to schedule your foot examination today!

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
May 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion CareIf your podiatrist has diagnosed you with bunions, you may have some questions about treating them.

Bunions are a common sight at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. Their clinical name - hallux valgus - describes what exactly what they are. The hallux is another name for your big toe, and "valgus" is a Latin term meaning bent or twisted. Bunions are literally the big toe bent inward to the other toes. So why does this problem exist and how can it be treated? Your Bronx podiatrist, Dr. Barry Finkelstein, has some answers.

Bunions in Brief

Bunions form when there is an abnormal amount of pressure on the joints of the big toe. This causes the toe to become contorted inward and the resulting bone deformity is what makes up the bunion. Although they mimic the appearance of tumors or cysts, they are not new growths. Bunions can have pain, swelling, and limited range of motion associated with them.

Formation

There are two schools of thought regarding the reason why bunions form. Some experts maintain that they are genetic; others say that years of wearing ill-fitting shoes is the problem. Either way, shoes that put pressure on the toes or force the feet into unnatural positions are thought to worsen these irregularities over time. Women suffer more from bunions than men; their footwear is often designed to be extremely narrow and confining. Although arthritis does not directly cause bunions, the inflammation of the joints can make them worse.

Treatment

Your Bronx podiatrist will usually suggest low-maintenance, non-invasive options first. Make sure that all your shoes are high-quality and comfortable. Visiting a specialty shoe store will determine exactly what size and width you should be wearing. Wearing shoe inserts or arch supports can help with your posture so your weight is better distributed and the muscles can relax. For pain associated with bunions, analgesics like ibuprofen or naproxen are recommended. These can be purchased at any pharmacy.

For persistent and advanced problems, surgery may be necessary. These procedures reshape some of the bone or surrounding tissue in order to realign the foot.

If you have noticed a change in the shape of your foot or increasing discomfort while wearing shoes, contact Dr. Finkelstein's office today for an evaluation.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
March 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes  

If you are one of the many Bronx residents dealing with a bunion or hammertoe, you probably want to know how you can get your ailment to go away quickly. Thankfully, when you visit Barry Finkelstein, DPM, FACFAS at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates, you likely have plenty of options. This includes everything from changing shoes to surgery. So how do you know if surgery is appropriate for Bunionsyou?

While, Dr. Finkelstein generally saves surgery as a last resort, there are times when hammertoe or bunion surgery is necessary. Here are a few questions you will want to consider.

1. Is the Area Painful?

If your bunion or hammertoe isn't bothering you very much, then aggressive treatment may not be necessary. Bunions and hammertoes aren't always dangerous or worrisome--especially if they don't hurt. In this case, the doctor may take more of a "wait and see" approach and simply recommend a few at-home treatment options in the meantime.

2. How Bad is Your Condition?

Secondly, Dr. Finkelstein will want to assess how bad your condition is. If your bunion or hammertoe is very slight, you may have just as much success switching to roomier shoes. If your condition is very pronounced, however, surgery may be the only solution that can offer meaningful results.

3. What Other Solutions Have You Tried?

Most importantly of all, Dr. Finkelstein will want to know what other treatment solutions you've tried already so you can begin with the least invasive options first. If you've already tried all of the at-home solutions, surgery may be the only option you have left.

While surgery is never enjoyable, you can rest easy knowing that Dr. Finkelstein always has your best interests in mind. Call NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx and schedule and appointment for the doctor to examine your bunion or hammertoe today. Then, you'll be better able to make the best decision for you.