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Do you or a loved one have any questions/concerns about bunions? We are here to help answer your questions. Bunions are one of the most common conditions treated by our physicians at Complete Foot and Ankle. Our physicians at Complete Foot and Ankle are well trained in the newest, minimally-invasive surgical techniques to treat painful bunions. Some of our most common concerns/questions the physicians get asked are: “What happens if my bunions are left untreated? What footwear should I look for or avoid? What health problems can bunions cause? How can bunions be treated?” If you have any further questions that you want to be answered, please ask us above. Thank you
Hello I’m Dr. Jake Reinkraut here this morning discussing bunions on some of the misconceptions that people believe about bunions and treatment of bunions. You know if it’s bothering you, if it’s painful it’s worth coming in and having an evaluation and hearing your options. There are very mild bunions that can be very painful and they’re very severe bunions that don’t bother people at all and we tell them just to live with it. So it’s worth coming in getting an X-ray seeing what it looks like, hearing what your options are and there’s never a push towards surgery. It’s really determined by how much it bothers you and what it’s limiting you from doing, so people have the question often, is it caused by hereditary, is it just my genetics that caused this, is it my shoes making this worse. The true answer is it’s a bit of both if you do have a hereditary, a history of it your family your mother, your brother, your sister has abundance there is a good chance that you can have that instability and a bunion is actually an instability in two joints. One is the metatarsal cuneiform joint right here and the other one is the first metatarsal kidney, the first metatarsal phalangeal joint right here as this bone moves over you’ll see this prominence. Most often it’s not an extra bony growth, sometimes there is a little hypertrophy but usually it’s this bone is just out of position and oftentimes the correction is either shaving it down or making a little break in the bone moving it over or fusing this joint depending on the severity. There are nice new minimally invasive techniques for this procedure, a lot of the misconceptions are, I need general anesthesia, I’m going to have a tube down my throat, and this is a major surgery. This is usually minor surgery IV sedation so there is no tube down your throat, your procedure is usually done in less than an hour and the other misconception is that I’m going to need crutches and a cast. Most often this procedure is done, you can walk pretty much the next day on your heel, you’re not walking off and you know speed walking down the mall, you’re taking it easy for a few days but most often I do have patients back to work quickly depending on the severity of the bunion and the types of procedure.
Not only is the appearance of bunions bothersome, but so are the complications and side effects. Without treatment, bunions can lead to more troublesome conditions like bursitis and hammertoe. But the podiatrists at Complete Foot and Ankle offer orthotics, slings, and procedures to treat your bunions. Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS; Michelle Suh, DPM, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, know all the best bunion-busting strategies. To eliminate your bunion, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at the Ridgewood or Newark, New Jersey location.