When you have a flu that won’t go away you visit the doctor. When you have a toothache you go to the dentist. What do you do when your feet ache? You might try many different pain management techniques. You can put your feet up. You can soak them. You may even shop for different shoes. When you have chronic foot pain – specifically caused by bunions – do you consider going to a foot doctor? Not only can a podiatrist tell you the basics of how to fix bunions, they can also tell you the best course of action to treat your bunions.
Step One: Understand how your bunion formed
A bunion is basically a bone deformity that shows up as a bump on your big toe. It forms on the joint at the base of your big toe, and is caused by your big toe pushing up against your other toes, forcing the big toe joint in the opposite direction. It’s caused by foot biomechanics that are inherited from your family. Bunions can become very painful as the abnormal positioning continues to enlarge your big toe, further crowding your other toes.
Step Two: Recognize what’s causing your bunion pain
You may have had the bump on your big toe for as long as you can remember. If it’s been causing you extreme pain, do you know why? Aside from the fact that your toes are being pushed into an unnatural direction, usually the pain is from something that is aggravating your bunion. For example, your shoes are too tight and are rubbing on the bunion. Or you might have an irregular walking pattern that is putting extra pressure on your bunion.
Step Three: Try conservative treatments
Sometimes a bunion is harmless and any pain you may feel can be managed with conservative treatments such as changing to roomier shoes, using protective padding or bandaging, anti-inflammatories, or orthotic devices that help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
Step Four: Determine other treatment options
When your bunion makes it difficult to bear weight, is limiting you from normal activities, and causing you chronic pain, it’s time to look at how to fix bunions with foot surgery. The word “surgery” alone can frighten many people away and cause them to push through the bunion pain instead, but this is a mistake. The longer you leave your bunion untreated, the worse it could get.
When conservative treatments are no longer working it’s time to get professional help.
Step Five: Visit the best podiatrist in NYC
The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare will start by meeting with you and evaluating your bunion to see if you’re a candidate for the HyProCure® device, a small titanium stent that is placed in the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone to keep the ankle from rolling inward, also known as over-pronation.
The procedure uses a minimally invasive technique to correct foot misalignment, which is the root cause for many common foot problems like bunions.
A study indicated that there is a 40% to 50% reduction in both the size and pain level of bunions for patients after receiving the HyProCure® procedure. In addition, it was shown that 30% of smaller bunions go away without any treatment at all once a patient has HyProCure®.
If you fall into the approximately 60% of bunions improved but not cured by HyProCure®, please, do not despair. Dr. Adler is a Professor of Minimally Invasive Surgery (granted by the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgeons) and if needed, he will repair your bunion in a minimally invasive manor.
This involves small cuts in the bone from a pin-prick opening to straighten the bump. There are:
- No stitches required
- No pinning or any internal hardware needed
- No hospitalization
- Very little discomfort
- Reduced chance of scar formation and infection
You’ll be able to walk and move around immediately following post-op. Most patients are back into a closed shoe within 4 weeks following this procedure.
Learn more about how to fix bunions with HyProCure® here.
Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.