Welcome to Fit Feet Podiatry, and the practice of Dr. Leon Stepensky
3111 Brighton 2nd Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-332-8633
99 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY
718-387-1884
235 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY
718-418-4700

Bunions


Bunions Brooklyn Foot care

Bunions Doctor Brooklyn and Manhattan, NYC

 

What Are Bunions?

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities. When displacement of the bone under the big toe occurs, this causes the big toe to move towards the smaller toes. This shifting of the bones causes a bony prominence on the side of the patients foot (the bunion joint). Over a period of time the big toe may come to rest under (sometimes over) the second toe.

 

A bunion is more common in women than men due to women wearing tighter fitting shoes. This condition can cause soft tissue swelling and tenderness which may result in intense pain that requires the attention of a bunions doctor.

 

Bunion Symptoms

Symptoms include redness, swelling and pain which may be present along the inside margin of the foot. The patient’s feet may become too wide to fit into their normal size shoe and may experience moderate to severe discomfort when the patient wears tight shoes. A “hammer toe” may occur at the second toe. This is when the toe contracts and presses on the shoe. Subsequently, this may cause a corn to develop on top of the second toe.

 

Other Foot Conditions Related to Bunions

People with bunions may develop corns and calluses on the soles of the feet, in between toes and on the bunion joint. Stiffness can occur at the big toe due to secondary arthritis. This is condition is called hallux rigidus. Ingrown toenails and – in severe cases – bursitis sometimes occur alongside bunions.

 

Before any of these conditions even begin to develop, people with bunions should quickly see a bunions doctor.

 

Habits and Conditions That Lead to Bunions

  • Ill fitting footwear
  • Family history of bunions
  • Excessive rolling in of the foot at the ankle joint while you are walking
  • Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis
  • Genetic and neuromuscular diseases which can result in a muscular imbalance (e.g. Down’s syndrome)
  • One leg being longer than the other (the foot connected to the longer leg is more likely to develop a bunion)
  • Very week ligaments in the feet
  • In some instances, trauma or injury to the feet

 

Bunion Symptom Relief & Bunion Removal Surgery Brooklyn and Manhattan, NYC

Bunions doctors may treat the condition with changes in footwear, different orthotics (accommodative padding and shielding), rest, ice, and medications. These sorts of treatments relieve the symptoms more than they correct the actual deformity. Bunion removal surgery by a podiatrist may be needed if the pain has become unbearable or when correction of the deformity is desired for aesthetic reasons.

 

If you need bunion removal surgery, Brooklyn and Manhattan, NYC podiatrists from Fit Feet Podiatry offer professional services employing cutting edge technology and procedures that guarantee the best possible results.