When your bones shift in your big toe joint, you start developing an inflamed bony bump known as a bunion. If you have bunions, especially if you’re experiencing pain, dedicated podiatrists Juliana Paternina, DPM, and Caroline Frugé, DPM, provide innovative treatment solutions at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists in Hoboken and Bloomfield, New Jersey, and Midtown West, Manhattan in New York City. Find out more by booking a bunion exam online or by calling your nearest office directly to schedule.
Genetic factors play a major role in the formation of bunions. You’re usually predisposed to bone displacement and weak joint structures because of traits you inherited.
Development of bunions is also increased if you wear certain types of shoes, especially if you have underlying issues.
For instance, if you wear shoes with little-to-no wiggle room in the toe box, like high heels or pointy shoes, your big toe can’t stay straight. It gets shoved into your smaller toes and over time, your big toe joint changes shape permanently to accommodate this change.
Your risk of developing bunions further increases due to foot trauma or injury, as well as arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
The top-ranked podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists understand how unsightly and embarrassing (as well as how painful) bunions can become. They encourage you to come in as soon as possible if your bunions are causing any of the following symptoms:
Bunions are progressive. Even if your bunions seem like a minor inconvenience now, they’re likely going to worsen if you don’t get the proper treatment early on.
In any case, the expert team of podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists can help, no matter how minor or how complex your bunions may be.
Your bunion treatment plan from Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists is entirely personalized to target your underlying condition and symptoms. Conservative (nonsurgical) bunion treatments include:
For more rigid or painful bunions though, your dedicated podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists may talk with you about surgical correction.
Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) involves repositioning your toe and, if needed, removing the bony bump. Your podiatrist may need to remove a section of bone, rearrange ligaments and tendons, or take out damaged tissues to help correct your bunion.
Schedule your bunion evaluation at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists today. Simply click on the online scheduler or call any office to speak with a team member.