A knobby protrusion at the base of your big toe is likely the sign of a developing bunion. At first, a bunion may feel like a mild inconvenience, but over time it interferes with shoe comfort, physical activity, and foot aesthetics. Get the care you need for bunions at Manhattan Podiatry Group. Board-certified podiatrist Mark Sharobeem, DPM, and the team provide effective treatments at their New York offices in Downtown Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Staten Island, as well as in Manalapan, New Jersey. Call Manhattan Podiatry Group or request an appointment online today for a bunion evaluation.
Bunions are bony protrusions that form at the joint of the big toe. A protrusion at the joint of the pinky toe is known as a bunionette.
Bunions happen when the bones at the front part of your foot shift and push your big toe toward your smaller toes. This movement causes the lower part of your big toe to jut out noticeably and sometimes painfully.
Pointy-toed shoes, tight shoes, and high heels don’t cause bunions, but if you’re prone to developing them, these footwear types can contribute to their development.
The major causes of bunions are:
Having flat feet, low arches, or loose joints also increase your risk of developing a bunion.
As soon as you notice a bunion developing, have it evaluated and treated by Dr. Sharobeem at Manhattan Podiatry Group. He provides management strategies to slow its progression. Without treatment, your bunion may eventually affect your mobility.
You may develop the bump of a bunion on just one foot or both feet. Along with the bumpy joint, you may also experience any of the following:
Over time, the bunion makes it difficult to bend or straighten your big toe. You’re likely to find certain types of shoes uncomfortable to wear.
Dr. Sharobeem customizes your bunion treatment plan. He considers your pain levels, the size of your bunion, and your activity level when making recommendations.
At first, treatment consists of conservative strategies, including:
If these conservative measures don’t relieve the pain and inconvenience of your bunion, Dr. Sharobeem may recommend surgery to remove the bony protrusion. He performs surgery using the latest minimally invasive techniques to help you recover quickly.
Call the nearest Manhattan Podiatry Group location if you notice an uncomfortable bunion or bunionette. You can also schedule an appointment using the online tool at any time. Click to schedule a complimentary foot screening.