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Bunions Specialist

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Bunions are joint deformities at the base of your big toe that aren’t just an eyesore; they can cause ongoing pain and inflammation. If your bunion is starting to affect you at work or keeping you from participating in activities you enjoy, book an evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates to get started on treatment. With modern practice locations in Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York, you have a clinic nearby to get the bunion care you need. You can book your bunion exam online, or you can call either location directly.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, are bony bumps that develop at the base of your big toe. This bony protrusion forms as your big toe joint changes shape when your body weight falls unevenly on the joints and connective tissues in your feet.

In many cases, wearing snug-fitting or pointy shoes can contribute to bunions, because your big toe has to squeeze into an abnormal position just to make room for itself. You even have a high risk of developing bunions because of your genetic foot shape, like if you have flatfeet.  

Bunions are typically progressive and develop slowly over time. You can also develop a bunionette (Tailor’s bunion) in your small toe, as well as an acute bunion when you have bursitis.

When should I see a podiatrist for bunions?

Bunions are known for causing pain and discomfort. It’s always best to have a bunion evaluation as soon as you notice a bunion forming, although it’s particularly important to come into Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates if you experience:

  • Stiffened toe joint
  • Corns or calluses
  • Redness over the toe joint
  • Inflammation and tenderness

Bunions can become so severe that they start making you walk differently in an effort to alleviate bunion pain. This can lead to a host of secondary issues, such as knee, hip, and lower back pain. Before your bunion starts impacting your daily life, see how the dedicated team at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can help.

How are bunions treated?

Your bunion treatment plan from Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates typically begins with pairing personalized conservative treatments together to relieve pain and inflammation, while promoting healing. You may benefit from:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Specialized shoes
  • Bunion shields
  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Strapping or taping

If your bunion continues to lower your quality of life or it’s severe, your dedicated podiatrist might recommend surgery. Bunion surgery, which is often minimally invasive, is the only way to permanently correct your toe joint.

During bunion surgery, your foot and ankle surgeon can fuse bones together, repair or replace damaged components, or realign your toe joint. No matter which treatment is right for you, even if you need surgery, the team at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates can help you recover from agonizing bunion discomfort.

Click on the online scheduler to book your bunion evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. Or you can call either office to speak with a team member.