What’s that bump on your foot? If you’ve ever noticed a bump on the inside of your foot by your big toe, you might have a bunion. This boney bump can often be painful and an eye sore, which is why it is important to visit our Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY podiatrists, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates.

What are Bunions?

Also called Hallux Valgus, a bunion is a bump that appears inside the foot, around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint (near the big toe). This bump is a bone that protrudes towards the inside of the big foot. If left untreated, your bunion can actually cause severe pain and even hinder walking abilities.

While women most commonly develop bunions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, men can develop them as well. Bunions typically develop from poor-fitting shoes. However, bunions can also be passed down genetically.

The Types of Bunions

Bunions develop when the weight of your body falls unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. As mentioned previously, this often occurs when you wear poor-fitting shoes or when genetic deformities are involved. The most common types of bunions include:

  • Tailor’s Bunion: Also called a bunionette, Tailor’s bunions occur when the fifth metatarsal bone (smallest toe) starts to expand outward. As a result, a bony growth near the little toe develops.
  • Acute Bunion: As a result of bursitis, acute bunions causes bony masses to form near the toe joints.
  • Adolescent Bunion: Teenagers are not immune to developing bunions. In fact, teenagers may develop a bunion at the base of his or her big toe. This bunion may cause pain and can get worse over time without treatment.

Manhattan Bunion Treatment

If left untreated, bunions can become so painful that you might end up walking differently just to relieve the pressure (don’t do that). Because the MTP joint helps bear and distribute body weight while standing, bunions can seriously affect the foot’s ability to function properly.

In order to treat bunions in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner will begin with conservative methods. These methods are designed to relieve pressure and restore function. The most common conservative approaches to alleviating bunions include the following:

  • Shoe Choice: Choose shoes with wide insteps, broad toes and soft soles. It is also important to avoid shoes that are narrow, tight, or sharply pointed.
  • Custom Orthotics: To relieve pressure from the affected areas, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner may recommend custom shoe inserts.
  • Forefoot Products: Products like a bunion shield, night splint, or bunion bandages may be prescribed to treat bunions in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Conservative treatment approaches, like these, are designed to limit the progression of the bunion, relieve pain, and provide a healthy environment for the foot. In more serious cases, bunion surgery in Brooklyn and Manhattan may be recommended.

Ask Dr. Speilfogel or Dr. Kleyner for more information during your next consultation in Manhattan, NY or Brooklyn, NY.