Bunions & Hammer Toes Specialist

Progressive Podiatry PLLC

Podiatrists & Sports Medicine located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Bunions and hammertoes are joint deformities that can become so severe, you start experiencing agonizing pain with each step you take. Before living another day with a bunion or hammertoe, schedule an evaluation with Evan Breth, DPM, or Neha Khanna, DPM, of Progressive Podiatry PLLC in Brooklyn, New York. You can use the online booking feature to request an appointment at the Park Slope, Mill Basin, or Bensonhurst location, or call the clinic nearest you to speak with a team member.

Bunions & Hammer Toes Q & A

What causes bunions and hammertoes?

Bunions and hammertoes are deformities in the joints in your toes. You develop bunions — large bony bumps — at the outside base of your big toe, while hammertoes form throughout your smaller toes.

Bunion causes

Bunions form over time as your big toe gets pushed into your smaller toes. Usually, this condition occurs in women who regularly wear snug-fitting, pointy or high-heeled shoes. But bunions can certainly affect men, too. You’re more likely to develop bunions if you have:

  • Foot or joint injuries
  • A family history of bunions
  • Arthritis


You can even develop a similar condition called a bunionette at the base of your baby toe.

Hammertoe causes

A hammertoe stems from an imbalance in your toe muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Generally, they form when your toe is too long and is forced into a cramped position while wearing tight footwear. You may be prone to developing hammertoes if you have:

  • A traumatic toe injury, including stubbing your toe
  • Arthritis or bunions
  • High arches


It’s common to develop a hammertoe on the baby toe. If yours is curled under, it’s a hammertoe.

How are bunions and hammertoes treated?

Not all bunions and hammertoes cause symptoms, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need treatment — it’s never too early to have them evaluated. Over time, bunions and hammertoes can stiffen your toe joint and decrease your toe flexibility. This can change your entire gait — the way you walk — especially if they become painful.

Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna offer several conservative bunion and hammertoe solutions to minimize your discomfort and delay further progression. To design your tailored treatment plan, they may order imaging — they have digital X-rays available at the Park Slope location. Once they better understand the severity of your toe deformity, they can start treatment to include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Cushioning or padding
  • Shoe gears
  • Cortisone injections


Combining some of these therapies often provides relief in a relatively short amount of time.

Do I need surgery for bunions and hammertoes?

Possibly, although surgery to correct bunions and hammertoes is generally the last resort if traditional therapies aren’t working for you. The team at Progressive Podiatry PLLC perform minimally invasive surgery to:

  • Straighten your toe joint
  • Remove damaged tissue
  • Repair damaged ligaments or tendons


Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna both have extensive experience in minimally invasive techniques, and they often leave you with only two sutures, so you have very little scarring (if any).

If you have a bunion or hammertoe, see what the team at Progressive Podiatry PLLC can do to help. You can either request an evaluation online or call your closest office directly to book an exam.