Dr. 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)
- Corns and Calluses
- 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!