How to Fix a Bunion Caused by Misaligned Feet

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jun 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

how_to_fix_bunionsThere it is. That bony bump on your big toe. As you put on your gym shoes you think to yourself, does it look bigger than it did yesterday? You get to your favorite cardio pump class thinking it’s going to be just another day at the gym – but you’re wrong. Oh so wrong. You’re usually the rock star in this class. When everyone else is lifting 10 pound dumb bells and doing step-ups with one riser, you’re lifting twenties doing step-ups with 3 risers. But not today. Your big toe hurts so bad that it’s all you can focus on. It’s that dang bunion again. You wonder who you could ask about how to fix a bunion. So naturally, you get home and ask Google.

That may be how you found this article in the first place. Rest assured you’ve come across a source you can trust because you’re getting first-hand knowledge from the best podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. You may be trying to ignore your bunion and the foot pain it’s causing because:

  • You don’t know what to do
  • You start to have a panic attack anytime you hear or read the word “surgery”
  • You think you’ve already tried everything

We can help with all three of those scenarios with a revolutionary treatment called HyProCure®, and Adler Footcare has been designated as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence by the Graham International Implant Institute because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.

Scenario 1: You don’t know what to do

It’s important that you first understand why you have a bunion before you decide how to fix a bunion. A bunion is actually a bone deformity that shows itself as a bump on the base and side of your big toe as the big toe joint is pushed out of place. This adds additional pressure to the outside of the big toe and produces increased bone growth. That’s why your feet may hurt so badly when you’re doing physical activity such as a cardio class at the gym. Your shoes are putting additional pressure on and aggravating your bunion.

If you don’t know what to do for your bunion, so you haven’t done anything yet, you can start by trying conservative bunion treatments such as:

  • Changing footwear to something with a roomier toe box
  • Using protective padding
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • But don’t bother with these trendy treatments

Sometimes a bunion is harmless and any pain you may feel can be managed with conservative treatments like those mentioned above. But what do you do when they can’t?

Scenario 2: You start to have a panic attack every time you hear or read the word “surgery”

When conservative treatment options fail to ease your foot pain, and it becomes difficult to bear weight, then bunion surgery is an option. Before you run screaming in the other direction, we do not recommend traditional bunion surgery because it causes too much trauma to the foot and involves a long recovery time.

Adler Footcare specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery, which means the surgery is performed by making a very small incision the size of a pinprick using tiny instruments similar to what a jeweler would use.

The benefits of this type of surgery include:

  • Less trauma to the foot
  • Immediate ambulation with no bedrest required
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less pain
  • Performed in an outpatient setting (thereby no hospitalization is needed)
  • Reduced recovery time compared to traditional surgery

Since bunions are caused by faults in how someone bears weight while walking, even before recommending bunion surgery, the HyProCure® stent will be considered as the first choice of treatment at Adler Footcare.

Scenario 3: You think you’ve already tried everything

If bunion surgery was your last resort, think again. Your bunion may actually be a result of a different issue – misaligned feet. When your feet are misaligned, the ankle bone slips off the heel bone, falling forward and out of line, causing the sinus tarsi (the naturally occurring space between your ankle bone and heel bone) to collapse and your feet to excessively roll inward.

Misaligned feet are the issue that leads to secondary conditions like bunions that often cause chronic foot pain. Once you address the root cause, these secondary problems will also improve.

A minimally invasive technique is used to place the small HyProCure® stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone. This stabilizes the ankle and keeps it from collapsing. Once you align your feet, and the pressure is reduced, many bunions improve. A good percentage of bunions actually disappear without bunion surgery.

Patients who have received HyProCure® can also expect little post-operative pain, no time off their feet, and in most cases will be wearing their own shoes again approximately 3 to 5 days after the procedure.

Going to the gym and other daily activities shouldn’t be causing you foot pain. If you’d like to learn more about how to fix a bunion, contact us at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Bunion, foot pain, HyProCure