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What are bunions?

If you have a swollen, painful big toe, you may have developed a bunion. A bunion looks like a bony bump on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint. The bump forms when pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. This forces the joint of the big toe to get bigger and stick out. A bunion (or hallux valgus) is a progressive disorder in which the deformity gradually increases, and the big toe joint may become stiff, painful, and swollen.

How did I get a bunion?

Most bunions are caused by inheriting a certain foot type that makes a person prone to developing a bunion. While wearing tight shoes or high heels does not necessarily cause bunions, those shoes can cause pain and swelling in the big toe joint and accelerate the bunion deformity. This is the reason more than one-third of American women get a bunion during their lifetime.


Bunion symptoms may include:

  • Callus or bump on the base of the big toe on the outside of the foot
  • Pain, swelling or redness
  • Callus development under the ball of the foot
  • Developing hammertoes
  • Irritated skin including corns where the first and second toes overlap
  • Painful and restricted big toe motion


Unfortunately, bunions are a progressive deformity that won’t go away and may get worse over time. To minimize the progression of a bunion, doctors recommend avoiding shoes that are too short, too tight, or sharply pointed and those with heels higher than 2¼ inches.

Our goals are to relieve the pressure on the bunion and slow its progression. Padding and taping can relieve pain and keep the foot in a normal position. Cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory medication can ease symptoms.

Custom-fitted orthotics can relieve symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.  Physical therapy and ultrasound therapy can also relieve inflammation and pain.

For severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the joint and relieve pressure.

Bunions can be painful and unsightly. One of the main reasons bunion-sufferers avoid surgery is concerns about how long they will be off their feet, unable to take care of themselves or their responsibilities. Dr. Geldwert believes each patient is unique and deserves individual care and attention. He has the experience to make bunion surgery easier and less painful for the patient and to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

For the highest quality of foot care in NYC and Westchester, including foot surgery, turn to Dr. Geldwert. Contact him at 212-996-1900 to schedule an appointment today.