Bunion Removal Doctor in Westchester County

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a common toe condition that is often caused by excessively tight shoes. It is characterized by a bony, inflamed bump on the big toe caused by a shift in the framework of your foot bones. The condition tends to worsen over time if left untreated, causing pain and discomfort. In some cases, a bunion can become so problematic that it requires orthopedic surgery. Our fellowship-trained surgeons at Specialty Orthopaedics have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the treatment you need, whether it’s conservative therapy options or advanced bunion correction surgery.

What causes a bunion?

Bunions are caused by repeated pushing of the big toe against the other toes. This creates instability in your foot’s bone and eventually makes the base of your toe joint misalign. This is what creates the bony lump typically associated with a bunion. The most common triggers for a bunion include:

  • Tight shoes, especially heels
  • Structural abnormalities in the feet
  • Foot arthritis

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of a bunion, get in touch with Specialty Orthopaedics for a consultation:

  • Pain in your big toe
  • Swelling in your big toe
  • A large lump on the side of your big toe
  • Burning or irritation along the side of your big toe
  • Difficulty moving your big toe
  • Toe pain that worsens when wearing high heels or tight shoes

How is a bunion diagnosed?

Our attentive and caring orthopedic doctors at Specialty Orthopaedic have extensive experience helping patients who are suffering from painful bunions. We can usually identify and diagnose a bunion using a simple in-office physical exam of the affected toe, along with talking to you about the type of shoes you wear, how long your symptoms have been occurring, and your concerns. In some cases, we might recommend certain imaging tests like X-rays to rule out other conditions, but this is usually not necessary.

How is a bunion treated?

In some cases, a bunion can be treated using conservative options with the assistance of one of our orthopedic doctors. Bunion treatment without surgery may involve:

  • Ice
  • Protective padding
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bunion orthotics (special footwear to decrease pain and pressure)

In severe cases or when conservative options do not offer you relief, our experienced surgeons at Specialty Orthopaedics offer bunionectomy surgery using the most innovative techniques and technologies available.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a bunion, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

Dr. James R. McWilliam foot and ankle specialist

Dr. James McWilliam

Foot & Ankle Specialist

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