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By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
May 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Treatment Options for Bunions

If you suffer from bunions, you may have difficulty finding comfortable shoes or even walking. Treatment for this condition will depend on how severe the bunions are. The first thing to do is to talk to a podiatrist about your options. Dr. Barry Finkelstein is a podiatrist at the NYNJ Foot and Ankle Center, located in Bronx, NY. He is happy to discuss any problems you are having with your feet, and how to treat your bunions.

Conservative Treatment for Bunions

Dr. Finkelstein offers Bronx residents non-surgical treatments that may help to relieve the pain of bunions. These include:

  • Replace your shoes: You should wear shoes that have a roomy toe box and don’t compress your feet.
  • Use bunion padding: You may find that over-the-counter cushioning pads can alleviate pressure on your bunions.
  • Take pain relievers: Often, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to control bunion pain.
  • Try shoe inserts: Padded show inserts may help to distribute the pressure more evenly as you walk or move your feet.

Surgical Treatment for Bunions

If you have tried the more conservative treatment methods without having any relief, you may need surgery. There are several surgical options for bunions, which one your podiatrist recommends will depend upon the severity and symptoms of your condition. They may include:

  • Removal of the inflamed tissue surrounding the big toe joint
  • Removal of part of the big toe joint to straighten the toe
  • Realignment of bone in the forefoot
  • Fusion of the affected joint bones

If you have surgery from bunions, you will be able to walk on your foot immediately after the procedure, but full recovery can take up to several months.

If you are suffering from foot discomfort from bunions, and you live in the Bronx, call Dr. Finkelstein today on (718) 881-7990 to schedule an appointment.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
January 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

If you are having trouble getting your bunion pain under control we are here to help.

Foot BunionA bunion is a common foot deformity that often affects the joint at the base of the large toe. As a result of this deformity, this can cause the joint to stick out, which can make wearing shoes uncomfortable and even painful. Over time, the bunion can also cause the big toe to lean toward the smaller toes. Bunions can be progressive, so it’s up to you to turn to our Bronx, NY, podiatrist Dr. Barry Finkelstein right away if you notice any changes to the shape of your foot.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Bunions

While surgery is the only way to correct the deformity, patients may not have to get surgery if they maintain good foot care. Common methods for treating or preventing bunion pain and swelling include,

Bunion padding: A bunion that rubs against your shoes can lead to a callus. To prevent this from happening, apply a bunion pad to the area prior to putting on shoes. This will also take pressure off the area so you are less likely to experience pain or discomfort when wearing shoes.

Splinting: More and more people are turning to splints or toe spacers to help realign the foot to take pressure off the deformed joint. While splinting or using toe spacers will not correct the deformity, it can be a great method for preventing pain and discomfort.

Proper footwear: The types of shoes you wear can also affect your bunion. If you are wearing shoes that are too tight, bunch up toes or have a high heel, then chances are good that you are putting too much pressure on the bunion. Opt for shoes that provide ample support and shock absorption. Do the wiggle test before purchasing your shoes. This means that you should be able to wiggle and move your toes around freely within the toe box. If toes are bunched together this could spell disaster for your bunion.

If you suspect that you might have a bunion or if you are having trouble managing your bunion symptoms then it’s time to turn to NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. Located in Bronx, NY, we provide comprehensive foot care to patients living in New York and New Jersey. Call us today.

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.


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!