Has a bony bump begun to form at the base of your big toe? Have your toes begun to be pulled out of place as a result? You’re likely dealing with a bunion if you’ve answered yes to these. Fortunately, here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, we can help. Dr. Hochstein, our podiatrist near Bayside NY, can perform the surgery you need to correct the issue and realign your toes.
What Are Bunions?
As previously stated, bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe. They typically occur when the bones in the front part of your foot begin to move out of place. When bunions develop, they can cause chafing and irritation around your big toe. It may also lead to limited mobility of the big toe, and toes being pulled out of alignment.
When To See A Doctor
Not everyone who deals with bunions will need to seek out medical treatment. If you can manage your current symptoms on your own, and they do not appear to be getting worse, there is no need to schedule an appointment. However, there are times when not seeking out help will put you in a worse position than you are in now. Below are examples of when you should consider scheduling an appointment with our team as a result of your bunion:
- Persistent pain caused by the bunion.
- A visible deformity takes place.
- Limited range of motion in your big toe.
- Inability to find shoes that fit properly due to the bony growth.
When your bunion is severe enough, the only way to correct the problem will be to surgically remove it. Many different techniques can be utilized to improve your condition, and Dr. Hochstein will perform a full assessment of the bunion before determining which option will work best for you. The following are examples of what may take place during the operation:
- Removing the growth and any swollen tissue around the big toe joint.
- Removing part of the bone in your big toe to straighten it out.
- Realigning any bones that are out of place to correct the position of your big toe.
If you’re living with a bunion, surgery doesn’t always have to be the first option for treatment. However, it may be the only thing that can help. Contact our team today to learn more about if bunion surgery is right for you.