Our Podiatrist in Wading River, Riverhead, North Shore Long Island, NY can help you with your bunions or hammertoes
What is a bunion?
Bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body’s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated.
Risk Factors for Bunions:
- Wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes - heels and shoes that are too small put pressure on the toes
- Rheumatoid arthritis - arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints, which can make you more susceptible to bunions.
- Heredity - bunions can form due to inherited structural foot defects.
Conservative treatments for bunions include wearing shoes that provide more room for the toes; padding or taping the foot into a normal position; medications or injections to control bunion pain; shoe inserts that help to redistribute pressure on your feet; and icing the inflamed area. At our Practice, Lite Step Podiatry Wellness, Dr. Patricia Nicholas can provide diagnosis and treatment options. Call today for a consultation.
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. People with hammertoe may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.
Causes of hammertoe include
- improperly fitting shoes
- muscle imbalance
Treatment for the condition typically involves shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Commercially available straps, cushions or non-medicated corn pads may also relieve symptoms. Schedule an appointment today with hammertoe specialist Dr. Patricia Nicholas for an evaluation.