Is that bump on your big toe slowing down your marathon training or making it uncomfortable to wear your heels to work? You know there is something wrong with your big toe, but now you need to find out if the symptoms you notice suggest you have a bunion, how your shoes could be aggravating it, and the best treatment option available on the market that can get your feet back to normal as soon as possible.
A bunion looks like this:
A bunion is a bone deformity of the big toe joint that creates a bump on the outside of the base of your big toe. Movement of your big toe may be restricted and there may be consistent pain that is made worse by certain types of footwear.
Shoes can aggravate your bunion and make it worse. This is prevalent among women who wear stylish heels that require them to cram their feet into a narrow toe box, but any shoes that don’t fit your feet properly can make the bunion worse.
Shoes aren’t the cause of your bunion though. Bunions are hereditary. You are at risk for developing a bunion deformity to the same degree that members of your family have bunions. If they are bad enough and cause you enough pain, your best treatment option is minimally invasive bunion surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that is done by making a very small incision in your foot the size of a pin head. It’s an outpatient procedure that allows you to have the surgery on a Friday and be back at work getting around by Tuesday. There is less bleeding, little amounts of anesthesia, less pain, and minimal scarring involved.
Many podiatrists are still performing traditional bunion surgery, which causes unnecessary trauma to the foot. The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare are confident in using the minimally invasive technique because Dr. Adler is a professor of minimally invasive surgery by the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgeons. All the surgeries at Adler Footcare are also performed in the Joint Commission Accredited Podiatric OR housed within Adler Footcare.
At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. Contact us today for a free evaluation.