Bunions Specialist

Ideal Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Astoria, NY

A bump on the side of your big toe is a common sign of a bunion, a foot condition that can be excruciating. As experts in foot health, Albert Samandarov, DPM, and the team at Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York, provide specialized care for bunions. Treatment options include orthotics, medications, or physical therapy, along with bunion surgery to permanently realign your toe. Find out about your options today by calling the Astoria office or scheduling a consultation online.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

Bunions are a common source of foot pain. The term bunion refers to a bony protuberance at the base of your big toe. This bump causes the joint to shift out of place, bending in toward your other toes.

A bunion can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes.  You may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your foot.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

Chronic foot pain is a common sign of a bunion. Other symptoms include:

  • A bump on your foot at the base of your big toe
  • Soreness or swelling at the joint of your big toe
  • Corns or calluses under the ball of your foot
  • Thickened skin at the base of your big toe
  • Difficulty moving your big toe

If you’re experiencing foot pain and one or more of these symptoms, it’s best to contact Ideal Foot Care to help you regain full use of your foot again.

How are bunions diagnosed?

Your podiatrist examines your foot. They may recommend an X-ray to confirm your diagnosis or to gauge the severity of your bunion.

If you do have a bunion, your podiatrist discusses a variety of treatments with you, typically beginning with conservative, nonsurgical options.

How are bunions treated?

Your podiatrist begins with noninvasive recommendations, including:

  • Wearing more comfortable shoes
  • Taking pain relievers
  • Padding and taping your foot
  • Wearing shoe inserts to distribute your weight more evenly

If these treatments aren’t helping, your podiatrist may recommend a type of surgery called a bunionectomy.

What happens in bunion surgery?

A bunionectomy helps to realign your toe to relieve pain and other symptoms permanently. The surgery involves removing the inflamed tissue around your toe joint. Your podiatrist may also cut out small amounts of bone to straighten your toe. The surgery restores your toe to a natural angle.

After your procedure, you typically can get up and walk around immediately. Your podiatrist may prescribe pain medications during your recuperation. You can expect a full recovery in two months or more.

To find out more about your treatment options, call Ideal Foot Care today or book a consultation online.