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By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Foot surgery isn’t always the answer. Find out how to get your bunion problems under control.

Is there anything worse than bunion pain? If you have a long-standing struggle with bunions, then you know all too well the aching, throbbing, and sometimes mind-numbing pain that comes from even just the simple act of walking. Fortunately, here at the White Plains, NY, office of podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters, we have helped countless patients with nonsurgical and surgical care that is fully focused on nixing bunion pain and helping everyone lead a happier, pain-free life.

Here are some ways to reduce bunion pain and to prevent the bunion from getting worse:

Lifestyle Changes and Home Care

There are simple steps you can take each and every day to ensure that your bunion pain doesn’t rear its nasty head. Some of these lifestyle changes include:

  • Avoiding high heels (heels over 2 inches tall) and shoes with pointed toes
  • Massaging the area several times a day, particularly after wearing shoes
  • Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes, 2-3 times a day to reduce swelling and pain
  • Losing excess weight to reduce the amount of pressure placed on your feet
  • Soaking feet in warm water to ease discomfort
  • Avoiding activities that may exacerbate symptoms

Podiatrist-Approved Treatments

While you may be handling your bunion on your own it’s also important to recognize when your podiatrist may need to step in. If at-home care isn’t giving you the relief you need, then Dr. Peters can help. Here are some of the treatment options that are offered at our White Plains office:

  • Custom orthotics: These custom-fitted shoe inserts can provide feet with cushioning and support whenever walking or standing.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises: Peters can also show you a series of exercises that can help strengthen your feet to reduce bunion problems.
  • Splinting: Night splinting can take pressure off the joint and temporarily align it to prevent morning pain and stiffness (Dr. Peters can show you how to splint or tape the bunion properly).

Foot Surgery

Needing surgery for a bunion is rare but it can happen. Since this procedure comes with weeks of recovery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of bunion surgery with our podiatric surgeon to see if it’s truly the right choice for you. If you can manage your bunion symptoms with lifestyle changes and other nonsurgical options, then foot surgery probably won’t be necessary.

However, if you are dealing with around-the-clock bunion pain that is severe, doesn’t seem to be relieved by any other treatment or care, and is affecting your quality of life then it’s time to consider surgery.

Need relief? Give us a call

If you are suddenly noticing foot pain around the base of your big toe then you could be dealing with the beginnings of a bunion. Nip the problem in the bud by visiting our White Plains, NY, podiatry practice for diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan. Call our office today at (914) 285-4444.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
September 04, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion on FootHas walking become a painful experience due to your bunions? This foot condition can prevent people from enjoying their favorite activities. Dr. Eric Peters, your White Plains, NY, foot doctor offers bunion treatments that help relieve his patients' pain.

What are bunions?

Bunions form when the joint at the base of your big toe enlarges, forming the bony bump known as a bunion. As the bunion worsens, you may notice that your big toe begins to lean toward your other toes and may even begin to rest on top of them. Shoes press on the side of a bunion, increasing pain and inflammation. Painful corns and calluses can also form when your toes constantly rub against each other.

What can I do about bunion pain?

These tips and treatments can help ease your pain:

  • Reduce Time Spent on Your Feet: Pain tends to worsen the longer you stand or walk. If you have bunion pain, it's best to avoid activities that require long periods on your feet.
  • Buy New Shoes: Wearing roomier shoes may also reduce your pain. Look for shoes that don't press against your bunion and also don't rub against the top of your toes.
  • Do Toe Exercises: Exercises keep your joint mobile, decreasing stiffness. They can also help you reduce your risk of bursitis and arthritis, two conditions that can occur as a result of bunions.
  • See the Foot Doctor: When home treatment doesn't help, pay a visit to your White Plains podiatrist. Your foot doctor can offer several options to relieve your pain. Night splints, worn while you sleep, will help improve the alignment of your joint. Orthotics, prescription shoe inserts, realign your feet when you wear shoes. Both options may reduce pain and slow the progression of your bunion. If your pain is severe, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the bunion and correct the alignment of the joint.

Ease your bunion pain by visiting your White Plains, NY, foot doctor! Call Dr. Peters at (914) 285-4444 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
July 21, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What issues could cause a bunion to form and what can you do once you have one?

If our White Plains, NY podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters, has just recently diagnosed you with a bunion then you may have a lot of questions. bunionsHow did this bunion form? How do you manage your bunion symptoms so it doesn’t get worse? We have all these answers (and more!).

What causes bunions?

While a lot is still unknown about bunions and what causes them, it’s believed that genetics has a role to play. Certain inherited factors like overpronation can increase your chances of developing a bunion. If you have biomechanical imbalances in your feet, this can affect how your joints and muscles work, resulting in a bunion.

Some people wonder if high heels or tight shoes can cause bunions. While there is some controversy over whether this is true or not, one thing is for certain—wearing poorly fitted shoes or shoes with high heels can certainly exacerbate your condition.

How do you treat bunion symptoms?

Most of the time your symptoms can be managed through conservative at-home care. Of course, our White Plains foot doctor should always examine your foot problems to make sure that the issue you are having is actually a bunion. Common treatment options include"

  • Icing the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time multiple times throughout the day
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to alleviate pain
  • Wearing prescription orthotics (which we can make right here in-office) to provide additional support and stability for structural imbalances in the feet
  • Only wearing shoes that fit properly, provide support and don’t have a heel
  • Wearing a bunion pad to take pressure off the bunion when wearing shoes
  • If pain and inflammation isn’t relieved with medication we may recommend steroid injections
  • Surgery is often the last resort when all other treatment options have failed

Have questions about how you can care for your bunion properly? Need to find relief now? Then talk to Dr. Peters, our White Plains, NY bunion specialist, to get the care you need.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
May 24, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   foot pain   foot injuries   fractures  

Surgery on any part of your body can be a major commitment, both of your time and your money. Foot surgeries in particular often come foot painwith many restrictions and an extended recovery time. That's why Dr. Eric Peters, your podiatrist in White Plains, New York, takes every measure possible to treat foot injuries and conditions conservatively before suggesting surgery. The following foot conditions often respond very well to surgery after non-surgical methods have been fully exhausted.

Hammertoes

These deformities in the toe joints can cause them to bend unnaturally and often uncomfortably. Called hammertoes, the way in which they are bent determines their name. Your White Plains podiatrist may recommend corrective foot surgery if your toe deformity is continuously painful and wearing shoes is difficult or impossible. There are several types of surgeries that can be utilized in these cases; they all have the ultimate goal of straightening the toes and relieving pain.

Bunions

Bunions, an outgrowth of bone on the big toe, are thought to be caused by wearing narrow or poorly-fitted footwear. While they can be unsightly, your White Plains podiatrist, like others in his field, generally subscribe to the rule that if a bunion isn't painful, surgery is not required. However, for some patients, the pressure placed on bunions from wearing shoes causes quite a bit of swelling, inflammation and resulting discomfort that cannot be relieved with shoe inserts and cushioned pads. In these cases, your Dr. Peters may recommend surgery to correct deformities and restore function.

Fractures

Foot fractures, or breaks, are another common foot ailment seen by Dr. Peters. Because there are so many bones in the foot, your White Plains podiatrist will need to take a series of X-rays to determine which bones have suffered trauma and what kind of fractures they sustained. Not all foot fractures will require surgery; the ones that need stabilization and repositioning are the most likely candidates. The goal of all foot surgeries, including those for fractures, is to retain the function of the foot and avoid future problems like chronic pain or arthritis in the joint.

If your foot injury requires surgery, your White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Peters, will fully discuss with you the benefits, risks, and downtime involved with the procedure you need. Please contact us in White Plains, New York if you have a foot or ankle issue you would like Dr. Peters to evaluate.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M., PC, DABPS, FACFAS
March 16, 2015
Category: Foot Surgery

Find out whether or not foot surgery might be the best treatment option for your feet.

No one wants to deal with foot problems. Most of the time, we probably don’t even think about the health of our feet under an issue arises that keeps us from our daily activities. However, conservative treatments like icing, rest and taking anti-inflammatory medications may not be helping your condition. In these cases, your White Plains podiatrist might recommend surgery. Find out the most common foot conditions that require surgery and what these procedures entail:

Bunions

This hard lump that develops on the joint at the base of the big toe can become so painful that it can be difficult to walk. While conservative treatments will never get rid of a bunion, they can help alleviate symptoms. The most common treatments include wearing orthotics, icing the bunion, taking pain medications and even wearing bunion pads to protect the foot from friction while in shoes.

However, for those who still experience pain and those who actually want to get rid of their bunion for good, surgery is recommended. There are a variety of different bunion surgeries; however, the main goal of the procedure is to remove the inflamed tissue and the bony protrusion.

Hammer or claw toes

A deformity often caused by a joint or tendon imbalance that causes toes to curl under in a claw-like manner. This condition is often mild at first but can progressively get worse over time. If splinting to realign the toe, wearing orthotics, trying corticosteroid injections for pain and inflammation and even changing shoes doesn’t help the condition, then surgery to reduce pain and improve the toe’s alignment will be performed. The procedure is usually performed outpatient and takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

Neuromas

A neuroma is sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve, but it’s actually a benign growth that forms on nerve tissue between the third and fourth toes. This condition can be extremely painful and also cause numbness or burning between the toes. Your White Plains podiatrist can easily remove a neuroma under local anesthesia and usually issues concerning this condition are completely resolved with surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis

This common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia that run from the toes to the heel of the foot. While this condition can easily be resolved with rest, pain medications, splinting or orthotics, and even shockwave therapy, some patients experience such severe and chronic pain that no treatment works. That’s when we recommend surgery where the ligament can be partially cut to help alleviate any tension in the foot.

These are only a few of the countless foot conditions that warrant surgery. If you are suffering from any of these foot problems and need to find relief from your symptoms, then schedule an appointment with your White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters to discuss your surgical options.