If you notice a bony, painful bump near your big toe, it could be a bunion. Bunions are easy to treat in their early stages, but when left untreated, they can cause significant pain and deformity in your feet. At Local Foot Doc, with locations in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors can help you adapt to early-stage bunions and correct advanced bunions with minimally invasive surgery. For your convenience, there are two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe. If you have a bunion, the area may be:
These symptoms are usually worse when you’re wearing shoes, walking, or otherwise putting pressure on the bump.
Normally, your big toe points straight ahead. Bunions develop when your big toe instead points inward and presses against your second toe. Eventually, your big toe joint starts to stick out, forming a noticeable bump where the toe connects to your foot.
At first, bunions may cause only minor discomfort, and you may just think of it as a cosmetic issue. Without intervention, however, bunions usually get worse over time. Advanced bunions can cause constant pain and make walking and wearing shoes difficult.
You usually get bunions because of both your footwear and your genes. Usually, when you develop bunions, tight-fitting shoes are a culprit. If you have flatfeet or your big toe naturally points inward, you’re at higher risk of developing bunions.
Not everyone with flatfeet or an inward-pointing big toe develops bunions. Usually, your footwear also plays a role. If you wear shoes that crowd your toes, you’re at a greater risk.
Bunions affect women more often than men, but not for biological reasons. Rather, women’s shoe styles, like high heels and stilettos, are designed for fashion rather than comfort and cram your toes. However, any shoes can contribute to bunions if they’re too small or narrow for your feet.
Be sure to schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc as soon as you notice signs of a bunion. Early-stage bunions are easiest to treat and get worse over time without intervention.
You may be able to treat your bunion by changing your shoes. Dr. Majdanski and his team of doctors can recommend comfortable, supportive shoes that leave enough room for your toes.
You may also benefit from orthotics, which can keep your toes in the correct position and reduce pressure on the bunion.
If you’re in significant pain, having trouble walking or wearing shoes, or if your bunion doesn’t improve after changing your footwear, you may need minimally invasive surgery to correct the bunion. This outpatient procedure fixes the alignment of your feet.
Don’t wait until a bunion is urgent to get treatment. Schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc online or over the phone.