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Bunions and Toe-Shortening Procedure are becoming a Common Procedure in the US

bunionsAccording to Newsweek, toe-shortening also known as toe-binding is an aesthetic treatment which is fairly new and being performed by podiatrists. Toe-shortening is usually performed alongside bunion removal in non-cosmetic surgery circumstances, and is gaining popularity in the US.

Toe-binding involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to refuse the bones.

Nancy Velazquez, a high school teacher from New York’s Rockway Beach in Queens is satisfied about her toe-shortening procedure. "I'm honestly crazy about my toes now,” she said. Velazquez 47 indicated that her bunion and overlong toes made it difficult for her to walk or wear high heels and even dance.  

Many people know what it’s like to deal with painful and ugly bunions. For assistance with this deformity, call a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will take a look at your bunions and make a recommendation based on their severity.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.


Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.


A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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