Pain Management Physicians & Chiropractors located in Union Square, New York, NY & Financial District, New York, NY
Bunions can hamper day-to-day life, causing substantial pain and discomfort. Dr. Wong, a top-rated podiatrist at Irving Place Surgery & Wellness Center provides effective relief from bunion pain at the center’s three locations in the Union Square, Financial District and Brooklyn Heights areas of New York City.
A bunion is a bony lump that forms at the base of the big toe, near where it attaches to the foot. Women are more likely to have bunions than men because they are more likely to wear tightly fitting shoes. When the large toe is pushed towards the other toes, the toe puts outward pressure on the first metatarsal bone, causing the formation of the bunion. This condition can be extremely painful as when a step is taken, and the toe bends in an unnatural position, the entire body weight rests on the bunion.
What Symptoms Are Associated With Bunions?
Pain when wearing shoes
Pain along the inside margin of the foot
Feet that are too wide for normal shoes
Swelling and redness around the big toe joint
The second toe may turn into a “hammer” toe
What Treatments Are Available
The doctor could suggest a variety of treatments for bunions. First steps can include either prescription or over the counter painkillers and/or medication to reduce the swelling and inflammation. He may also suggest a heating pad or warm foot bath. Changing to well-made shoes that fit appropriately can help if the bunion is caught early and does not cause persistent pain. Other options could include pads, splints or other shoe inserts to reduce pressure on the bunion. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary, which can involve realignment of the toe, or cutting or shaving of the bone and the use of wires or screws to keep the bones in place. Recovery from this surgery can take several weeks. Surgery will typically not be performed for cosmetic reasons as the risks will outweigh the benefits.