Have the Last Word on Bunions and Hammertoes
Bunions and hammertoes are just as uncomfortable as they are unsightly. While they may look similar on the surface, there are some key differences between the two conditions. Bunions are a bone deformity that will create a rigid lump at the end of your big toe. Hammertoes typically occur on the smaller toes. If you have a hammertoe, you’ll realize abnormal and painful curling in the one or both joints of the toe. While wearing wider shoes or getting custom orthotics can temporarily relieve the pain of bunions and hammertoes, the only way to really do away with them for good is through surgery.
How Do I Know When I’m Ready for Surgery?
As necessary as surgery can be, at Bay Podiatry Associates we never want to rush into it too soon. However, you’re probably ready to consider surgery if you have trouble with any of these everyday activities:
Finding shoes that fit
Relieving pain even with rest and medication
What Are the Operations Like?
There are three common types of bunion removal surgeries: osteotomy, exostectomy, and arthrodesis. The specifics of each vary a good bit. In the first, your doctor will cut the joint and return it to its original shape. For the second, the joint will be removed entirely. As for the third, the joint will be removed and replaced by metal screws to reshape the big toe.
Hammertoe surgery is a little different, but the goal is still to straighten crooked toes that cause you pain. In a hammertoe surgery, your doctor will make small cuts on the affected toes and insert a small, metal contraption to brace the toe in its original position. The pin or wire will then be removed after a few weeks, either surgically or non-surgically.
How To Get Started
Regardless of whether or not you think surgery is the right option for you, the first step to treating your bunions and hammertoes is to visit a podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist and surgeon Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, DPM can help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Please call us at 718-266-1986 to make an appointment today at our Brooklyn office and do away with bunions and hammertoes once and for all.