As foot problems go, bunions aren’t necessarily dangerous, but these bony protrusions have a way of causing considerable discomfort. At Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC, Karyn Goldberg, DPM, has extensive experience helping her clients in Livingston, New Jersey, overcome painful bunion problems. Call to schedule an appointment to find a remedy for your bunions.
A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of your big toe. This progressive condition starts out benignly enough, with just a small bump on the inside of your foot, but as they worsen, your big toe may start to turn inward, sometimes shifting over or under your second toe.
While not medically serious, bunions can be the source of extreme discomfort, making even wearing sensible shoes a painful affair.
The primary culprit behind bunions are shoes with a narrow toe box that squeeze your toes together. This is likely why more women than men develop this painful condition.
Aside from ill-fitting shoes, bunions can also develop as a result of:
Whatever the underlying cause, it’s important to note that bunions rarely get better on their own, In fact, they often get progressively worse the longer they go untreated. It’s imperative to see Dr. Goldberg during the early stages of development.
When you first see Dr. Goldberg, she performs an assessment of your bunion to determine the best steps. Dr. Goldberg typically prefers to start out conservatively with:
If your bunions continue to cause problems and don’t respond to conservative treatments, Dr. Goldberg may recommend a bunionectomy. There are several ways she can approach this surgery, which depends upon the extent of your bunions and how much they have changed the overall structure of your feet.
In most cases, Dr. Goldberg performs the surgery on an outpatient basis. Expect to spend some time in either a weight-bearing or non-weight-bearing surgical boot afterward. In most cases, you can stop wearing the boot within 4-8 weeks, getting you back to normal mobility.
Bunions can develop even after they are treated, so it’s a good idea to wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes as a preventive measure.
If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options for bunions, call Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC to set up an appointment.