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By Humaira Syed, DPM, FACFAS
September 30, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

 

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side of your big toe, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot

 

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

Concerned? Contact Us

If you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

By HUMAIRA SYED, DPM, FACFAS
July 19, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrist in Wayne, Fort Lee, and Clifton, NJ, can help with bunion pain

Bunions can be disfiguring, painful, and unfortunately, very common. In fact, over 50% of women in this country have had a bunion at Bunionssome point in their lives. If you are suffering from bunion pain, don’t worry—our podiatrist, Dr. Humaira Syed, can help. Read on to learn how our offices in Wayne, Fort Lee, and Clifton, NJ, can treat your foot pain!

 

More about bunions

Bunions are hard, bony bumps located next to your big toe. They are often caused by a combination of genetics and a habit of wearing too-narrow shoes, an action that causes the outside edge of your big toe to rub against the inside of your shoe, causing friction, inflammation, and eventually, a bunion.

Accordingly, it’s important to prevent bunion formation by wearing shoes with enough room to prevent your toes from crushing each other. If you do develop a bunion, however, you can try a few simple remedies at home to help with the pain. Consider:

  • Placing an ice pack on the bunion several times each day to reduce swelling
  • Placing inserts or padding inside your shoes to prevent friction
  • Taping the bunion for added support and cushioning
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

For larger, severely painful bunions, it’s best to talk with an expert. Dr. Syed may recommend:

  • Shaving corns or calluses to reduce friction
  • Physical therapy and stretching to maintain flexibility
  • Custom-made orthotics, night splints, and other devices to stabilize your feet and toes
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe

 

Give us a call

You don’t have to be one of the many people suffering from bunion pain—you can get relief by calling your podiatrist. To find out more about bunion treatment and other foot care services, call Dr. Humaira Syed at Reds Ankle & Foot Associates with offices in Wayne, Fort Lee, and Clifton, NJ. Dial (973) 692-1111 today and help your feet!

By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
May 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.

A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.

The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:

  • Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
  • Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
  • Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
  • Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
  • Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
  • Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition

For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.

When should someone consider bunion surgery?

As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:

  • Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
  • Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
  • You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
  • Your bunion is affecting your quality of life

It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.

By DR. HUMAIRA SYED
August 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

One foot condition that is difficult if not impossible to ignore is a bunion. It is not only painful, it is also very noticeable and embarrassing to live with. Wearing your favorite shoes can become a major chore when you have an untreated bunion. Know that help is available—you bunion reliefcan get relief for your painful, aching bunions by seeing podiatrist Dr. Humaira Syed at Reds Ankle & Foot Associates in Fort Lee, Wayne and Clifton, NJ.

How Bunions Form
Bunions form when the big toe is continually pushed against the other toes by some force or pressure. Eventually the joint on the inside of the foot starts to stick out. It looks like there is a growth on the foot, but actually, it's just a protruding bone that is out of place. Bunions cause a secondary issue—the other four toes crowd and bunch together because of the pressure from the big toe.

When Bunions Become Painful
Some people go years living with bunions and feel no pain—they just deal with the embarrassment that often comes with this foot deformity. But when the bunion starts to form, you should definitely schedule a visit to see a podiatrist for treatment. The pain may come from the joints, swollen calluses that form on the bunions, or the toes being pushed together while you walk.

Getting Relief for Painful Bunions
The first step to getting relief for a bunion is realigning your toes and the affected joint. Your podiatrist may do this by wrapping or splinting the feet. Pads can help reduce pain caused by calluses, and orthotic devices can be designed. Corticosteroid injection therapy will help with pain in the joint. If a non-invasive treatment doesn’t work, bunion surgery, also called a bunionectomy, may be the next step to explore.

Your Podiatrist Can Help
A bunion won't get better unless you take action to change the shoes you wear and get treated by a podiatrist. Contact Reds Ankle & Foot Associates in Fort Lee, Wayne and Clifton, NJ to get help with your bunions. Call 973-692-1111 today to set up a consultation with Dr. Humaira Syed.

By Dr. Humaira Syed
February 13, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment For a Bunion

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.