Bunions Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

Bunions are painful, red, bumpy deformities that can develop at the base of your big toe. If you have bunions, the skilled podiatrists at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, can help. The podiatry team offers the most advanced bunion solutions available. Learn more about modern bunion treatments by booking a consultation online or over the phone today.

Bunions Q & A

Why do I have bunions?

Medically known as hallux valgus, bunions tend to form because of your footwear. If you routinely wear high heels, pointy shoes, or footwear with minimal wiggle room in the toes, your big toe is constantly being pushed into your smaller toes.

Eventually, your toe joint gets used to staying in this position and starts to change shape permanently. This is why that notorious bump forms at the base of your big toe. You can even develop a nearly identical issue in your baby toe, a condition called a bunionette.

While improper footwear is typically a common denominator among bunion sufferers, there are other reasons that can increase your risk of developing the deformity. You can develop bunions because of:

  • Arthritis or a prior foot injury
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Inherited foot deformities

Even if your bunions aren’t causing discomfort now, they likely will over time. This is why it’s so important to start treatment as soon as you notice a bunion forming.

Do bunions cause symptoms?

Oftentimes, yes. Bunions can lead to a wide variety of issues and symptoms that can start lowering your quality of life. If you have bunions, you may experience:

  • Redness or tenderness
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Limited toe joint flexibility
  • Occasional or chronic pain

Bunions can also increase your risk of developing corns and calluses, which could lead to further discomfort. Fortunately, with advancements in therapeutic podiatric solutions, you can get relief from bunion pain, often without surgery.

What is the treatment for bunions?

Your personalized bunion treatment plan at Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. is likely going to include multiple types of therapies to provide optimal relief. You may benefit from:

  • Custom supportive orthotics
  • Taping, strapping, or splinting
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy and daily stretches
  • Pain-relieving anti-inflammatory medications

Conservative therapies may not always be enough, though. Sometimes a bunion is so severe surgery is the best option. If you’re a candidate for bunion surgery, your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon will use minimally invasive measures to realign and straighten your toe joint as well as remove or repair damaged tissue.

Get lasting relief from bunion pain by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. today.