Bunions Specialist

Bunions can cause significant pain and discomfort, becoming worse over time if not treated. Dr. Glass provides patients in Midtown Manhattan, New York, the help to relieve the pain of bunions.

Bunions Q & A

by Andrew R. Glass, DPM

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony projection or hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it meets the foot. The projection often forces the big toe out of alignment so it points toward the other toes. During walking and other locomotion, the joint of your big toe typically bears a lot of weight. When a bunion is present, it can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Bunions can also cause increased friction against footwear, resulting in calluses and blisters.

What causes bunions?

Bunions are often inherited, which means if you have family members with bunions, you're more likely to have bunions yourself. In some people, bunions can develop as a result of the joint changes that occur in arthritis. Bunions also frequently occur in people who have one leg that's slightly longer than the other.  They can also occur in young adulthood as the foot grows and spreads. Women tend to develop bunions more frequently than men as a result of prolonged use of high-heeled shoes that force toes out of their natural alignment and subject the toe joints to continual pressure and stress. Although shoes or high heels do not directly cause a bunion, it can certainly make the bunion painful and swollen.

How are bunions treated?

Bunions can be treated with the minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small incision just over the big toe bone.  Using very small instruments, the top of the bone can be remodeled enabling the joint to be repositioned in its natural shape. Any remaining projecting areas of the metatarsal are smoothed to prevent recurrence and the tendons that help the toe move may need to be repositioned as well. When bunions are especially severe, a second incision may be needed to straighten the “body of the toe.

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At New York Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C., we accept most insurance plans as full or partial payment. Patients are responsible for deductibles and coinsurances. Please contact our office if your insurance plan is not listed.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • "Dr.Glass knew what he was talking about; and was willing to listen; answer questions and explain procedures. Not every Doctor will do that."

    Nina H.
  • " I returned to him recently for treatment again because my toes were jammed as a result of running the NYC marathon this year. Again, I found him to be excellent..."

    Sovanni B.
  • "Dr. Glass and staff are awesome. He took the time to show me my sons X-rays and explained every detail. Highly recommended."

    Tashana M.
  • 'Dr. Glass was very thorough in his examination of both my feet and the explanation of the surgical procedures he would use to correct my problems."

    Karen G.
  • "The pain I had for so many years is gone just after a few weeks of recovery from surgery. I would recommend anyone who is experiencing foot pain to schedule."

    Inez
  • "The experience in Dr. Glass's office is unmatched. . These guys are superb.. had a free cab to send me back home after surgery. . I'm just so grateful I found him."

    Anonymous
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NY Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C.
315 Madison Ave, #2301
Midtown Manhattan

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 646-844-2275
Fax: (212) 867-3845
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