Answers to Questions About Getting Foot and Ankle Care
Want fast answers to your top questions about foot and ankle problems? Farmingdale podiatrist Dr. Gasparini gives you the answers you need to get back on your feet again.
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What are the best shoes for bunions?
Bunions develop over time when pressure on the inside, front edge of the foot causes the big toe to drift inwards, towards the other toes. This results in the joint protruding out, which appears as a bony bump at the base of the toe. On account of the protrusion, wearing certain footwear can be uncomfortable or even painful.
The best shoes for bunions are those that feature a wide, deep toe box. Narrow shoes place too much pressure on the deformity and the protrusion often extends downward, too, so extra depth is important. Additionally, it is wise to avoid models that have high heels, since they place excessive pressure on the front of the foot.
When you need exceptional care for a problem bunion, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. We can provide treatment to relieve pain and help you determine which pair of shoes is the right one to reduce issues bunions can cause. Contact our Massapequa, NY office today through our online form or call (516) 804-9038 with any questions or to schedule your appointment.
What is a bunionette?
A bunionette is similar to a bunion, but forms on the outside of the fifth toe, or metatarsophalangeal joint. You’ll notice the protrusion by your pinky toe, usually starting out small and painless, but often growing to be large and painful. If your bunionette is causing you discomfort, not to worry—there are surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods that can help.
Try wearing roomier shoes, padding on your fifth toe, and special custom-fit inserts. If these options do not reduce your pain, surgery may need to be considered. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a number of different procedures that can help alleviate the pain you’re experiencing. What’s great, is that these surgeries are outpatient and you are at home the same day starting your three to six month recovery period.
Don’t let bunionettes cause you pain or discomfort. Call Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. at (516) 804-9038 in Massapequa, NY. He’ll help you enjoy a happy, active, and pain-free lifestyle.
What shoes should I wear to prevent bunions?
While shoes often get the full blame for causing a bunion problem, they really are only one aggravating factor. The tendency to have a bunion problem is most often due to genetics, although shoe choice can lead to bunions developing or worsening sooner. When it comes to footwear, shoes for bunion prevention will avoid having tight, pointy shoes. When the toe box of a shoe is narrow and squishes your toes together, it can encourage the joint of the big toe to become misaligned and cause the big toe to lean inward. There should be around ½ inch of space between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe, and your toes should not be cramped or squeezed together. Tight, pointed high heels generally would be a style of shoe to avoid.
Do not hesitate to contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. if you would like further information or require treatment for a bunion problem. Call our office in Massapequa, NY at (516) 804-9038 or request an appointment online.