Bunions and Corns
A bunion is a bump at the base of the big toe that can become very painful and make fitting into shoes difficult. NYC podiatrists frequently perform surgery on these deformities but conservative treatment options are also available. These deformities often worsen throughout ones lifetime and can cause wearing down of the joint cartilage as they progress. It is common to get cramping in the foot and bursitis with this deformity.
The bunion disrupts the alignment of the first metatarsal bone causing it to move towards the inside of your foot as your big toe tends to move in the other direction. The more your big toe moves outward, the more your metatarsal moves inward, creating an even larger deformity. Your big toe can start hitting your second toe creating an additional site of pain.
If you have a bunion causing severe pain, schedule a visit with a leading podiatrist in NYC, Dr. Sophia Solomon, as soon as possible.
All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.
Corns may form
Corns are thickened areas of skin caused by an increase in pressure or friction to an area. Corns can be caused by a prominent bone, limitations of joint motion, or certain shoes. Foot doctors see patients with bunions pretty much every day and many of them suffer from corns or calluses also.
If you are experiencing painful bunions, corns or calluses, speak to highest ranking NYC podiatrist Dr. Sophia Solomon about getting proper treatment. As a surgically trained foot doctor, she offers many conservative and surgical options to treat your foot pain.
Causes of Bunions and Corns
Most bunions form in adulthood, but they are sometimes present in kids. For bunions in children, the earlier bunions are diagnosed by your foot doctor, the better the chances of avoiding a severe deformity. Typical causes of bunions include:
- Narrow shoes
- High heel shoes
- Flat foot
- Arthritis(specifically rheumatoid arthritis)
- Foot injuries
- Abnormal foot development before birth
- Tight tendons and muscles, including the Achilles tendon
- Genetically inherited foot types
Each one of these factors can cause your foot to rest in an awkward position. If you experience this and ignore the problem, it can cause you to shift your weight and develop an unnatural gait, which can further complicate your condition. Your NYC podiatric doctor can advise you about the best methods to correct your walking posture and get appropriate treatment.
Corns, on the other hand, are typically caused by friction or pressure from tight shoes. They can also grow from a bone protrusion that presses against the skin of your foot.
According to the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, women are 10 times more likely to develop a bunion than men. Although men often suffer from painful bunions, especially those who must wear dress shoes to work.
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