Treatment of Bunions

A bunion can be painful and disfiguring. Causing a “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe, it is easiest to treat when signs of a problem are first noticed.

Symptoms and causes
The treatment of bunions varies according to the severity of the condition. In addition to the characteristic bump, symptoms include pain, discomfort, swelling and usually redness around the big toe area.

Causes include a genetic pre-disposition to bunions or bio-mechanical problems such as a flat foot, high arch or cavus foot. The condition may worsen if left untreated or with the wearing of improper footwear.

Treatment of bunions
Upon arrival in our office your foot will be examined and a diagnosis made by one of our caring and experienced podiatrists. If a bunion is found, we will recommend appropriate options based upon your individual situation.

In mild cases padding or cushioning, the wearing of properly fitting shoes, “RICE” (rest, ice compression and elevation) and strapping may help. If caused by a bio-mechanical problem, orthotics may also be recommended.

In moderate cases, if the treatments mentioned above haven’t helped, we may also recommend cortico-steroid injections, oral NSAID’s and physical therapy.

Surgical options and innovations
If all other treatments have failed and if there is tenderness, bursitis, inflammation or chronic pain and discomfort, we may recommend bunion surgery. NYC podiatrists Dr. Breth and Dr. Mullins are trained in many of the latest surgical innovations including the “Mini TightRope” technique, sometimes referred to as tightrope surgery and the “Osteomed Reflection Implant”. Our Park Slope office offers in house digital x-ray, so there is no need to travel to another facility.

Alternative treatments which can help minimize pain include the Melt Method.

Schedule an examination
In the treatment of bunions, early diagnosis is important. Call 718-840-0660 or schedule an appointment online in our Park Slope, Bay Ridge, or Mill Basin, Brooklyn offices.