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Bunions

Cary B Chapman, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York

Cary B Chapman, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Staten Island, NY

The team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York in on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Staten Island, New York, offers comprehensive care for painful bunions. Orthopaedic surgeon Cary Chapman, MD, and his team provides conservative therapies and lifestyle suggestions to treat bunions in their early stages. They also use innovative surgical techniques to correct deformities that result in your big toe. If you find it difficult to walk without pain due to a bunion, schedule an evaluation at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York online or by calling the office nearest you.

Bunions

What are bunions?

Bunions are a common toe deformity affecting the big toe. If you wear high heels or other tight shoes or suffer a foot injury, a painful bump can form at the base of your big toe. This bump can force the big toe sideways, causing it to angle towards your other toes.

If you have bunions, you could be at increased risk of developing other foot conditions like thick calluses and hammertoe.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

In addition to the noticeable bump at the base of your big toe joint, you could also notice swelling and redness in the area. These symptoms make it difficult for you to wear shoes comfortably. As the toe continues to bend or if the bump grows larger, you could find it too painful to walk.

Without proper treatment, a bunion can result in arthritis in the joint of your big toe and an increase in your chronic pain.

How are bunions treated?

Treating bunions depends on how severe your deformity is. When your condition is mild, your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York works closely with you on lifestyle changes to increase your comfort and prevent a worsening of your condition.

These changes can include:

  • Change shoe styles
  • Selecting wider-sized shoe
  • Wearing cushioning pads in shoes to prevent friction


You could also find pain relief using a toe spacer, a small device that fits between your first and second toe.

For moderate to severe bunion pain, you could benefit from physical therapy and at-home exercises to stretch the muscles in your feet. Your Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York provider can also suggest over-the-counter medicines to relieve pain and inflammation.

If you have a severe deformity due to a bunion, your provider will probably recommend minimally invasive bunion surgery. The team uses the latest surgical techniques to realign the structures in your big toe and correct the deformity. Custom-fitted, 3D-printed metal implants from Additive OrthopedicsĀ® are available to stabilize and preserve your toe joint.

Following surgery, your provider monitors your recovery and works with you to prevent additional bunion complications.

If you need treatment for a painful bunion, rely on the team at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York. You can call the office nearest you or use the online booking system to schedule a consultation.