How Minimally Invasive Surgery Can Help Treat Your Bunion

When bunions develop in your feet, they make walking painful and awkward. And if you’re a woman, wearing cute shoes is next to impossible.

Here at Progressive Podiatry, we want to get our patients back to pain-free walking. Our podiatrists, Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna, can treat your bunions with minimally invasive surgical techniques that get you back on your feet (and into darling shoes) again.

Bunions defined

A bunion is a bony protrusion or hump that develops in the joint at the base of your big toe as the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint turns outward. Every time you walk, your body weight pushes down on the bunion, forcing the big toe to smoosh into the little toes. Eventually, your foot is misshapen, making walking and wearing shoes painful.

Studies have shown that 23% of people ages 18-25 have bunions, and they affect more than a third of people over 65. And research shows that bunions are hereditary. In other words, if one of your parents has bunions, there’s a good chance you will, too.

Other causes of bunions include:

When should you treat bunions?

Most people think they don’t have to treat bunions that don’t cause pain: Most people are wrong.

The thing is, bunions get worse with time. They can cause your toe joints to stiffen, decreasing the toe flexibility that helps you walk comfortably. Once joints stiffen, your gait can change and throw your body out of its natural alignment.

Bunions also can damage your other toes, cause ingrown toenails, and make your foot so misshapen that it’s hard to fit into shoes. If you can’t wear shoes comfortably, you can’t walk or exercise without pain. When walking is affected and you can’t get around easily, bunions can lower your quality of life.

You should seek treatment if your bunions cause foot pain, joint stiffness, blisters or corns, numbness, and trouble walking. Early treatment can help stop your bunions from getting worse.

Bunion treatments

Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna offer several nonsurgical bunion treatments that ease your pain and delay the bunion’s progression. These treatments include custom orthotics, cushioning and padding, shoe gears, and cortisone injections.

If conservative therapies don’t work for your bunion, surgery may be indicated. The team at Progressive Podiatry can perform minimally invasive surgery — only two sutures with little scarring — to straighten your toe joint, remove damaged tissue, and repair ligaments or tendons.

If you live in the Brooklyn area of New York City, and you have a bunion, we can help. You can either request an evaluation through the online scheduler, or call one of our four offices to book an exam.

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