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As bunions are “one of the more common foot deformities, with as many as one-quarter to one-third of adult Americans suffering from bunions,” they are characterized as deformities that develop on the side of the big toe bone. Also known as hallux valgus, bunions are a result of the metatarsal foot bones shifting inward toward the other toes, which can lead to irritation and discomfort in the feet. Research in a 2011 study published by the Foot Journal suggests that using manipulative therapy helped improve bunions at an early stage.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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By gary
January 07, 2014

ImanIconic supermodel Iman underwent foot surgery, and as a result, is currently in the recovery stages. The 58 year old beauty icon’s husband, David Bowie, currently tends to her recovery process.

News of Iman’s operation have been made known upon the supermodel sustaining a foot fracture. Due to this injury, Iman actually had to quit wearing high heels. Hopefully Iman will be able to make a full recovery and be back on her feet soon enough but for now will continue to be in the care of her husband.

 Your feet may require foot or ankle surgery. If you are suffering from an injury or foot condition that requires surgery, consult podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can evaluate your foot or ankle condition and decide whether or not surgery is best for you.   

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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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