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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
January 19, 2021
Category: blog

A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a progressive foot disorder in which the big toe points inwards towards the other toes, forcing one of the metatarsal bones to protrude outwards. Bunions can cause pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling of the big toe joint, which can affect your day-to-day functions – making simple chores, such as cooking, shopping, and walking the dog, unpleasant.

In many cases, the misalignment of the bone is due to a genetic predisposition; however, many other factors can contribute to the development of bunions such as obesity, flat feet, and tight shoes. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry share some of the habits you need to do away with to stop your bunions from getting worse.

  1. Wearing tight-fitted and pointy shoes

Tight and pointy shoes can squeeze the foot and make your bunions worse. The exerted pressure from tight footwear can crowd your toes together, causing the big toe to move inwards and the bone at the base of your big toe to protrude outwards. Avoid high heels as they can force your feet into an unnatural position, causing additional stress on the ball of the foot and aggravate your bunion. You may want to switch to low heel shoes that are no more than 2 inches high. Wearing the right shoes can help you keep optimal foot health.

  1. Wearing shoes without good arch support

Arch support is essential! Shoes without arch support can cause painful foot conditions such as bunions, collapsed arches, or plantar fasciitis. A shoe with good arch support helps redistribute pressure across your feet evenly, correct your posture, and add comfort to your movement. Limit your use of flip-flops and shoes with a flat bottom.

  1. Playing sports that involve repetitive movements

The repetitive motions or the sudden/forceful flexing of the big toe during sports can worsen your bunion. If you already have a bunion, opt for sport or exercise that is joint- and toe-friendly.

If your bunion is causing chronic pain or interrupts your quality of life, contact Dr. Stuto's Brooklyn office at (718) 624-7537 today to schedule an appointment. Our team offers several treatment options, including orthotics. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 07, 2020

A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a foot deformity in which the big toe leans towards the other toes, forcing the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out. Wearing shoes that are overly tight or narrow around the toe area is often the common cause of bunions. Bunions may not be as painful in the early stages of development but, over time, may develop into a severe disfigured foot deformity if it's not appropriately addressed. It can cause additional problems like blistering and overlapping toes. A painful bunion can make it challenging to wear shoes or even walk. Bunions could form as a result of an occupational hazard, as in the case of ballerinas, teachers, doctors, and nurses, whose feet suffer severe repetitive stress.

Here are a few early-stage conservative treatment options for preventing bunions:

  1. Smart shoe selection — Pick out footwear with a roomy, round toe box to avoid rubbing on the insides of your shoes and overlapping of the toes. Select shoes that fit well and provide comfort, protection, and adequate support. Avoid pointy or heeled shoes.

  2. Use orthotics and other devices — Over the counter or custom-made orthotics can help relieve pressure off your bunion. Toe spacers, braces, and bunions splints can also be used to help correct alignment of your big toe and reduce stress on your big toe.

  3. Start physical therapy exercises — You may want to try regular exercises for bunion relief and prevention. Exercises like toe curls, toe spread-out, toe circles, marble/towel pick up, and ball role can help relieve bunion pain, improve flexibility and mobility, and increase strength and function of the big toe.

The type of treatment depends on the severity of the bunion. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas provide expert treatment for bunions and other foot and ankle disorders. You can call our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, office at (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY, office at (718) 567-1403, and schedule a consultation with our team of board-certified podiatrists.