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February 12, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Does Your Bunion Need Surgery?

Do you need bunion surgery? A bunion is an unnatural, bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions bunionsoften cause swelling and pain around the joint at the base of the big toe. Wearing high heels or narrow-toed shoes can cause bunions. Some illnesses, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute, which is located in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, offers a range of treatments for bunions. Read on to find out if your bunion needs surgery.

What is bunion surgery?

The type of surgery performed depends on your age, the severity of the bunion, activity level, and general health. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve pain. For a mild bunion, your doctor in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, may remove the enlarged portion of bone and realign the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint. For a moderate bunion, the doctor may cut the bone and shift it to its proper position. For a severe bunion, your doctor may remove the enlarged portion of the bone, and cut and realign the bone.

Do I need bunion surgery?

Some bunions may require surgery, but only if the symptoms are severe. You shouldn’t undergo surgery just because you don’t like the way your foot looks, because the risks can outweigh the benefits. You may require surgery if you have severe pain when walking or wearing flat shoes. Surgery may also be needed when swelling is not relieved with rest or medication. Another reason for surgery includes an inability to straighten and bed the toe.

What are the risks of surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include infection, swelling, stiffness, numbness, and delayed healing. Other complications may nerve damage, continued pain, and recurrence of the bunion. There may be other risks depending on the patient's specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your podiatrist before you undergo surgery.

What happens after surgery?

Your doctor will give you instructions for caring for your foot at home after the procedure. You may be discharged from the hospital wearing a surgical shoe or cast to protect your foot. Once you get home, you'll need to rerst and keep your foot elevated on pillows to help reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor may recommend that apply ice to your foot and limit walking. Take a pain reliever for discomfort as recommended by your doctor. Your foot may need continuous support from dressings or a brace several weeks after surgery.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet. If you have a bunion, call Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute at (201) 488-3668 today to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!

September 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Is there a knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Hackensackbunions and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists can help.

Bunions can affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.

Do you have bunion(s)?
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.

What causes bunions?

The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as:

  • Hammertoes
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Corns
  • Calluses

Here are some reasons bunions are formed:

  • Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
  • Occupational foot stress
  • Genetics and foot type
  • Foot trauma, or injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

How do you treat bunions?

Your Hackensack and Montvale doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:

  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Remove some bone in the big toe
  • Remove swollen tissue around the joint
  • Fuse your big toe joints together

Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:

  • Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
  • Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction
  • Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes

Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists today at 201-488-3668.

April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes  

These foot deformities are more common than you might think.

If you value the health of your feet then you might want to think twice about slipping them into those high heels or those tennis shoes that bunions and hammertoesbunch up your toes. From genetics to poor footwear to flat feet, there are many reasons why you might find yourself dealing with a bunion or hammertoe. If you aren’t sure whether you are dealing with these issues then our Montvale and Hackensack, NJ, podiatrists are here to shed some light on these common issues.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a condition that affects the joint of a toe, most commonly the joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion will cause the joint to stick out or appear swollen. Over time, if the bunion isn’t properly managed it can cause the big toe to lean in towards the other toes. Bunions can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness at the joint, and it can make it painful to walk in shoes. High heels or poorly fitted shoes can exacerbate this problem and make the bunion worse.

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a condition that affects the middle joint of one or more toes (often the smaller toes). As a result, the affected joint causes the toe to bend downward like a claw. In most cases, you can straighten the toe out on your own; however, if you are unable to straighten the toe at all then you have what’s called a rigid hammertoe. Because of their bent nature, it’s also common for these toes to develop a callus from rubbing against shoes.

How do you treat these foot deformities?

The treatments you receive from our Montvale and Hackensack foot doctors will really depend on the severity and progress of your bunion and/or hammertoe. As you may have figured out, both of these deformities are progressive, which means that how you care for your feet can either make the deformity worse or prevent it from getting worse.

First and foremost, the most important thing is that you wear shoes that protect and support your feet and don’t put pressure on these susceptible areas. Avoid shoes that have heels that are over 2 inches tall. Only look for shoes that provide ample support and cushioning and give your toes room to wiggle and move freely. Shoes that put pressure on the bunion or hammertoe should be avoided.

Other conservative treatment options include:

  • Splinting or bracing
  • Custom orthotics
  • Bunion or callus pads

Only in severe cases is surgery recommended to repair either the bunion or hammertoe.

Don’t let bunion or hammertoe pain get the better of you. If you are dealing with these issues, or if you want to find out ways to prevent these problems from happening then it’s time to turn to the experts at Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ.

March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

What your podiatrists in Hackensack and Montvale want you to knowbunions

Bunions can be debilitating and painful. If you have a bunion, it can keep you off of your feet. Fortunately, there is relief from painful bunions. You may be wondering what you can do to treat your bunion, or if you might need surgery to remove the bunion. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute can help with advice and treatment options. They have two convenient office locations in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, to get you back on your feet.

Bunions can occur from wearing shoes that cramp your toes. Over time, the middle joint of your big toe can get pushed outward, causing bone deformity and pain as the bunion continuously rubs against the inside of your shoe. Bunions are more common in women, because women’s shoes are typically narrower and women wear high heels, pushing the toes forward.

You can try a few simple home remedies if your bunion is still small. Try:

  • Icing the bunion several times each day
  • Wearing padding or inserts inside your shoes
  • Taping and cushioning the bunion
  • Wearing wide, supportive, comfortable shoes or sandals

For large, painful bunions, there are some non-surgical treatment options available at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute including cortisone injections to reduce swelling and inflammation and prescription strength anti-inflammatory and pain medications.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons you should consider bunion surgery if:

  • You have severe foot pain that keeps you from walking or wearing shoes
  • Chronic swelling and inflammation of your big toe
  • Bone deformity and stiffness in your big toe
  • Inability to obtain relief from pain with medications or proper footwear

If you do need bunion surgery, don’t worry. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute offer several effective surgical treatment options, including:

  • Fusing your big toe joints
  • Surgically straightening your big toe and foot
  • Removing excessive, swollen tissue around your toe joint
  • Removing bone in your big toe

If you are dealing with bunion pain or issues, call your podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute with offices in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ. Get back on your feet by calling today!

March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Summer is just around the corner and that means sandal season is getting closer. For many people, the bumps on the inside of their big bunionstoes known as bunions can keep them from fully enjoying warm weather fashions. These unsightly and often painful lumps are caused by years of abnormal pressure against the big toe joint, which gradually causes the bones and tissue in the area to move out of place. While bunions are permanent unless they are removed by surgery, the podiatrists at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ have a few suggestions to ease the discomfort associated with them in the meantime.

What not to wear

Most podiatrists agree that wearing narrow and confining footwear like high heels exacerbate bunions. To avoid needing bunion surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist recommends having a professional shoe fitting to find comfortable and functional footwear. There are many brands available that are work-appropriate, attractive and provide the right amount of space for the widest part of your foot, the exact spot where bunions can form.

Cushioned comfort

If you already have bunions but aren't ready for surgery, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may suggest gel-filled pads that you wear inside your shoes can help ease the pain that comes from friction. Shoe inserts, both prescription and over-the-counter, can also help to take the pressure off the inside of your feet.

Surgical options

If your bunion has caused you pain for a significant amount of time, or if it's led to other foot problems, your Hackensack and Montvale podiatrist may recommend surgery. The goal is to relief pain and eliminate the bump caused by the outgrowth of bone and to realign the toe.

If you have a bunion or are concerned about their development, we want to hear from you. Contact Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ for a full evaluation from one of our skilled podiatrists today!