Aside from causing pain, bunions lead to permanent foot deformities that can make it difficult and uncomfortable to wear shoes. Before your bunions start affecting your quality of life, see how the team of board-certified podiatrists at William Street Podiatry Care can help. Book your bunion evaluation at the Financial District, New York, clinic location with the online booking feature. You can also call the nearby office directly.
Bunions are permanent bone misalignments or deformities that occur for a variety of reasons. Affecting the joint at the base of your big toe, bunions are known for causing that visible bony bump on the side of your foot. It’s believed that frequently wearing pointy shoes, high heels, or snug-fitting footwear continues to push your big toe out of proper alignment, which is why the toe eventually gets “stuck” in that position.
Footwear isn’t the only thing to blame when it comes to bunions, though. You can also develop them due to:
While bunions affect both men and women of any age, podiatrists find that women develop them more frequently — likely because of footwear. You can even have the same sort of issue with your baby toe, a condition called a bunionette.
Aside from the obvious bony bump at the base of your toe, bunions can cause all kinds of issues. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of bunions include:
It’s important to schedule an evaluation at William Street Podiatry Care at the first sign of a bunion. The sooner you start an effective therapy plan, the greater your chances of preventing bunion progression and further discomfort.
Treating bunions begins with conservative therapies to relieve pain and minimize future issues. Your bunion treatment plan at William Street Podiatry Care can include:
While these solutions won’t correct a bunion itself, they’re usually beneficial for minimizing discomfort and helping you restore your quality of life. In more severe cases or if your conservative bunion treatment isn’t providing relief, you may need bunion surgery.
This minimally invasive procedure can include shifting soft tissue or bone, or removing damaged tissue or bone. Your bunion surgery with William Street Podiatry Care is tailored entirely to your specific needs.
To learn which bunion solutions are right for you, schedule an exam at William Street Podiatry Care. Book online or over the phone.