There are plenty of different things that can affect the overall health and well-being of your feet overtime. Since many of us are on our feet constantly, whether we are simply running errands or even if we have a particularly physically demanding job, it is important that we take care of our feet every single day. In order to do this, it is helpful to examine your feet from time to time and to pay attention to any symptoms that you may be experiencing on a daily or regular basis. You may notice that certain things you take for granted or tend to ignore may have developed into something that needs to be treated, such as bunions or hammertoes. Here at our 11561 podiatrist office, New York Podiatry Care, our podiatrist can help when it comes to diagnosing such issues as well as treating them.
Bunions and hammertoes are two common deformities that affect people’s feet on a fairly regular basis. Though there is no one cause for either condition, there are some things that may put you at risk for developing these issues. Some deformities are at least somewhat genetically influenced, but other factors may come in as well, such as the type of shoes that you choose to wear on a regular basis as well as how often and how long you are on your feet throughout the day. Even injuries can affect the development of such deformities, but the most important part is to make sure that you know what the symptoms are and that you have them treated sooner rather than later. In general, bunions and hammertoes start off as relatively mild conditions that tend to get worse the longer they go untreated. Mild bunions and hammertoes may be treated with the use of simple shoe inserts, orthotic devices, or even a simple change in footwear. More severe cases however may require surgery. Both conditions involve issues with the joints in your feet. Bunions are deformities that occur when the joint of your big toe begins to drift outward. This not only widens your foot but it also causes your big toe to point inward instead of laying straight and parallel with your other toes. Hammer toes are problems that affect your smaller toes, and cause the toe to curl or resemble the shape of a hammer, hence the name. Here at or 11516 podiatry office, New York Podiatry Care, our podiatrist can help diagnose either condition, as well as provide you with the treatment you need.
As stated earlier, the sooner bunions or hammer toes are treated the easier your treatment will be. The longer such conditions go untreated, the more severe they may become. Not only that but they may cause more pain and discomfort as well. Here at our 11516 podiatrist office New York Podiatry Care we can provide you with the foot care and treatment that you need.