Bunion & Hammertoe Treatment

Dr. Afsaneh  Latifi -  - Podiatrist

Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

Podiatrist located in Upper Eastside, New York, NY

Bunion & Hammertoe Treatment Specialist
For those throughout New York City who are dealing with bunions or hammertoes, Dr. Latifi offers the most advanced, most effective treatments. At Lenox Hill Podiatry patients can get the help they need at the location in the Upper East Side.

Bunion and Hammertoe Treatment Q&A

by Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

What are Hammertoes?

An imbalanced joint of the toe where the muscles and ligaments are not working together is commonly referred to as a hammer toe. The middle joint bends into an undesired position and remains off balance. Typically, there is increased rubbing and friction on the toe. Women get hammertoes more frequently because of the shoes they wear. For those with diabetes or poor circulation they can be especially troublesome. There are two types of hammer toes:

  • Rigid- The tendons have pushed it out of alignment and have become rigid, making it immobile.
  • Flexible- the toe or toes are still able to move

What Treatments Are Used for Hammer Toes?

Changing shoes can help to relieve pressure on the joints and help it to return to a normal position. When the condition is severe, surgery could be necessary. Typically, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories will be employed first.

What are Bunions?

A bony hump located on the base of the big toe where it connects to the rest of the foot is a bunion. This can cause it to push into the other toes. The joint where the toe bends when walking most affected by the condition. They can cause lots of pain and are also vulnerable to pressure and friction caused by specific shoes.

What Treatments Are Used for Bunions?

To determine the severity, the podiatrist will take x-rays and examine the foot. To determine if arthritis is present, a blood sample might be collected. The doctor might recommend:

  • Inserts and orthopedic shoes- when the condition is mild, using new shoes or using inserts can help the toe move back to a normal position.
  • Medications- painkillers and anti-inflammatories can lessen discomfort and swelling. If over-the-counter drugs don’t work, medications can be prescribed.
  • Surgery- when everyday activities and responsibilities are affected, surgery is typically necessary. The surgeon will realign the bone under the big toe using incisions made in the surrounding ligaments. Wires and screws are sometimes used to hold the toe in place. Excess bone can also be excised. The procedure will last an hour.