Bunions & Hammer Toes Specialist

Terry Robertson, DPM -  - Podiatrist

New York Foot Center

Terry Robertson, DPM

Podiatrist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Bunions and hammertoes aren’t a medical concern on their own, but they can be unbearably painful and impact your quality of life. With his extensive background in cutting-edge podiatry treatments, Terry Robertson, DPM can relieve your pain at New York Foot Center in Yorkville, Upper East Side. Schedule your bunion or hammertoe evaluation by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

Bunions & Hammertoes Q & A

What causes hammertoes?

Hammertoes are deformities that develop when you have an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that are supposed to keep your toe straight. Having a baby toe that curves under, for instance, is often considered a hammertoe. You can develop one or more hammertoes due to:

  • Family history
  • Developmental issues
  • Foot trauma or injury
  • Frequently wearing tight-fitting shoes

Mallet toe is a similar condition that specifically affects the joint closest to your toenail. Causes of mallet toe are usually the same.

Why do I have bunions?

A bunion is a protruded bony bump that develops on your inner big toe joint, near the base of your toe. It forms as your big toe gets pushed outwards, toward the rest of your toes. Bunions develop gradually as your big toe is continually pushed into the incorrect position. Bunions can stem from:

  • Wearing tight-fitting shoes
  • Family history
  • Developmental defects
  • Certain medical conditions, like arthritis

You can even develop a similar condition with your baby toe called a bunionette.

Do I need surgery for bunions or hammertoes?

Possibly. Because a bunion or hammertoe surgery can require you to stay off your feet for a while during recovery, Dr. Robertson tries to begin with non-surgical treatments first. Your treatment can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises at home
  • Changing your footwear
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Applying pads or cushions

You may need surgery if conservative treatments don’t work for you. If you do, Dr. Robertson takes care of you every step of the way. He can typically perform bunion and hammertoe surgeries using minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques, which helps accelerate your recovery time.

When should I see a doctor about bunions or hammertoes?

Even though bunions and hammertoes aren’t usually anything to worry about from a medical or health standpoint, it’s important to see Dr. Robertson if your condition causes any discomfort.

It’s particularly important to book an appointment if your bunion or hammertoe is becoming so painful that it’s affecting your regular activities. The sooner you start treating bunion or hammertoe pain, the less likely you are to need surgery.

If you have bunions or hammertoes, schedule an evaluation at New York Foot Center through the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.

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