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 you?
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.