If you notice changes in the inward side of your foot near your big toe, you could be developing a bunion. Jason Cohen, DPM, Sandeep Garcha, DPM, and their team at Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, offer top-quality care for bunions and other foot deformities. They have offices in Nanuet, Jamaica, and Bronx, New York. Schedule an appointment today using the easy online booking tool or calling the office.
Bunions are common foot deformities caused by the joint at the base of the big toe being pushed out of alignment. This forces the big toe to move inward, pushing against the smaller toes and sometimes forcing them out of alignment as well.
While many bunions don’t require treatment, some people find them painful and unsightly. Larger bunions can cause irritation on the inner edge of your foot as the skin and bones press against your shoes.
It’s essential that you come in for a diagnostic exam if you experience ongoing toe or foot pain, loss of movement in the toe or foot, or trouble finding shoes that will fit over a bunion.
The most common bunion symptom is a bony protrusion on the inner side of the foot at the base of the big toe. While a small bump in this area is common, more prominent bulges usually indicate a bunion.
More symptoms of a bunion include:
You can have a genetic predisposition to bunions. They can also develop because of foot stress or injury. Researchers disagree on whether wearing tight, narrow shoes causes bunions. But it does appear that your choice of footwear can contribute to the condition.
The first step you can take to improve bunions is to choose comfortable shoes that provide plenty of room for your toes. Adding padding to shoes to reduce friction between the shoe and the bunion can also help.
Self-care techniques like icing the area can relieve minor bunion discomfort. Topical creams can also relieve pain, as can lidocaine patches and cortisone injections. It’ll probably take some trial and error to find the right treatment for your specific needs
The team at Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, offers customized treatment for bunions and will explain the choices available to you. You’ll receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.