Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ

How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.

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  • How are bunions treated?

    Bunion treatment varies depending on the severity of the problem and other factors. Procedures are broadly categorized as either conservative or surgical.

    Conservative care is usually the first choice. Although it will not reduce the size of the bunion or reverse an existing deformity, it can relieve pain and slow or stop progression. Conservative approaches include modifications to footwear (switching to roomier shoes with more space for toes), using tools like taping or splinting to hold toes in alignment (if joints are still flexible), shoe inserts or custom orthotics to accommodate for poor foot mechanics, and various pain relief remedies.

    If conservative care is ineffective and discomfort is severe, we may explore surgical options. As with conservative care, there are many different types of procedures that may be considered, from simple soft tissue removal to more substantial operations involving cutting or fusing bones. The best choice will depend on things like your age, health status, whether or not you’ve had a previous surgery, and the severity of the condition.

    Regardless of your situation, Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Podiatry Associates on Long Island can help you overcome your bunion pain and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, please fill out our web contact form or call 516-541-9000.

  • What causes bunions?

    There’s actually some disagreement over what causes bunions—that is, whether an underlying structural defect (often inherited) in your feet must be present first, or if bad shoes can cause them on their own.

    Regardless of the ultimate answer to that question, though, in practice both genetic and lifestyle factors tend to be present in most cases. Bunions do tend to run in families, and flawed foot structure (commonly inherited from a parent or grandparent) may place extra stress at the base of the big toe joint, eventually leading to the distinctive deformity. At the same time, footwear that crams toes together in tight spaces or pushes all your weight onto the front portion of your foot can at least catalyze the formation of a bunion, or rapidly accelerate its progression.

    If you notice a bunion forming, lay off the heels and pointed flats and give Dr. Corey Fox a call at 516-541-9000. Early intervention with conservative measures is the key to preventing large, painful bunions that require surgery.