Bunions can lead to chronic foot pain and make it difficult to find shoes that fit. Michael Galoyan, DPM, is a skilled podiatrist at Metropolitan Podiatry in Middle Village, New York, offering surgical and nonsurgical treatments for bunions. Serving the Queens community, Dr. Galoyan is an experienced podiatrist dedicated to getting his patients back on their feet again. If you’re suffering from the pain or deformity associated with bunions, call Metropolitan Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.
A bunion is a foot deformity that usually affects the joint of your big toe. Less often, bunions can develop in the joint of your baby toe.
The distended joint at the base of your big toe is a bunion’s most recognizable characteristic. As the joint moves farther out of alignment, it grows larger and protrudes from the side of your foot. Because of this misalignment, your big toe turns and pushes against your second toe, sometimes completely overlapping it.
While anyone can develop a bunion, this condition is more common in women than men.
Several factors cause bunions, including conditions that put stress on your feet, congenital deformities, and heredity. Because of the foots’ misalignment, bunions can also cause other issues like:
Depending on the extent of your bunion, corns and calluses might develop between your toes if overlapping occurs. As the joint at the base of your big toe enlarges, you might experience symptoms in the area such as:
Wearing tight or narrow shoes can make your symptoms worse.
Dr. Galoyan can usually diagnose bunions during a physical examination of your feet. To rule out other painful foot conditions like gout and arthritis, he might recommend digital X-rays to evaluate the bones of your feet further.
Not all bunions require treatment. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, having problems finding shoes that fit comfortably or have reduced mobility, he might recommend a variety of treatments to alleviate your symptoms.
Non-surgical bunion treatments can include:
When bunions are severe, Dr. Galoyan might recommend a bunionectomy. This procedure is performed under local anesthetic to surgically correct the alignment of your foot by removing the bunion growth.
Call Metropolitan Podiatry for more information, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about bunion treatments.