Bunion Surgery Specialist
Bunions not only cause ongoing discomfort while wearing shoes or walking, they often cause a noticeable deformity in the shape of your foot that can be embarrassing and affect your self-confidence.
If you suffer from bunions, you know how painful and embarrassing the issue can be. While wearing larger shoes may offer some relief, you won’t find a more effective choice for treatment than bunion removal surgery. At Best Foot Doctor NY, the clinic of Dr. Emmanuel Fuzaylov, we can diagnose your bunion issue and help you determine if bunion removal surgery is right for you.
Facts About Bunions
Both men and women can develop bunions, although it appears that bunions are more commonly seen on women`s feet. A bunion is swelling or enlargement of the large toe joint on the inner side of the foot. The deformity usually develops gradually and will cause foot discomfort and pain from shoes rubbing against the enlarged bone without bunion orthotics. There may be swelling, redness and deep aching pain associated with the bunion joint, causing bursitis.
Why do Bunions Develop?
Bunions develop from a weakness in the bone structure of your foot. There is a strong possibility that heredity is the underlying cause. As a result, the joints have a tendency to move out of proper alignment given the instability of the bones and ligaments that form the various joints and arches in your feet. The bunions are not caused by improper shoegear but are significantly aggravated by improperly fitting shoes that place an unusual degree of pressure at the bunion joint.
As bunions become more severe, the joint moves out of proper alignment and eventually arthritis damages the joint space causing foot discomfort. The large toe will move sideways towards the second toe, and the foot tends to widen across the metatarsal area. This is a mechanical consequence not usually caused by shoegear. However, shoegear can certainly aggravate the condition and speed up the development of a more serious and significant deformity.
Bunionette – Tailor`s Bunion Deformity
A tailor`s bunion is a small bunion at the base of the little toe. This condition is also known as a Bunionette. The name Tailor`s Bunion was derived from the way tailors used to sit with their legs crossed as they worked. Crossing their legs put pressure on the area known as the fifth metatarsal head, subsequently resulting in pain.
There are a few conditions which may cause the “bump” in this area:
1. An overgrowth or swelling of the soft tissue covering this joint (bursitis).
2. A congenitally (at birth) wide head of the fifth metatarsal bone.
3. An actual bowing and/or splaying of the fifth metatarsal bone.
How are Bunions Treated? Bunion Surgery
Mild bunion deformities that require bunion surgery usually are treated by removing a small portion of the enlarged bone at the head of the metatarsal. Our bunion surgeon may also lengthen the tendons around the joint to realign the big toe. In more severe bunion deformities, your podiatrist may choose to perform several different bunion procedures to realign the metatarsal. In some cases, pins, stainless steel screws, staples, wires or artificial joint implants are used so that realignment of the joint is maintained while the bone is healing.
If bunion surgery is recommended, our bunion specialist will discuss the surgical bunion procedures that are best suited for your particular bunion deformity.
There are many different types of bunion procedures now available, many having been developed by podiatrists specializing in this type of surgery. The procedure selected is based on examination, X-ray findings, age and activity level of the patient; factors that can influence the final outcome. In all cases, both bunion surgeon and patient need to work as a team for a successful and satisfactory result.
Bunion removal surgery eliminates this deformity by removing the growth and restoring a natural shape to your foot.
Based on your specific needs, our podiatric surgeons will provide you with a local anesthetic before removing the growth and a portion of your toe joint. This may also include an alignment and the insertion of small plates to correct the deformity. Recovery is only a few hours, and you should be able to walk within a day and return to normal activities in less than a week. Contact our office today to schedule a bunion surgery consultation.
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How can this procedure help me?
With our safe and effective bunion removal surgery you’ll see:
- The dissipation of swelling in your toes/foot
- A normal-looking shape to your foot
- The dissipation of pain while walking or wearing shoes
- The ability to bend your toes without constriction
- Confidence while walking barefoot or wearing sandals
In addition to bunion care, we offer comprehensive foot care services that include medication, orthotics, orthoscopy, and effective procedures that can provide relief and boost your self-confidence.
Enjoy the freedom of movement and freedom from discomfort while living an active lifestyle with help from the team at Best Foot Doctor NY.
Contact our office today to schedule an initial diagnostic exam and consultation.