Posts for tag: Bunions

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   foot pain  

Bunion PainYou see a reddened bump on the side of your right foot by the big toe. The pain increases every day, particularly when you stand for long periods of time. Likely, this is a bunion, but to confirm that and to receive treatment, see Dr. Thomas Neuman, your podiatrist in Northridge, CA. His caring expertise will stop the pain and the progression of that bunion so you're comfortable and active.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a very common, acquired deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Due to excessive weight, pressure from narrow footwear, overuse or the aging process, the big toe progressively turns toward the second toe. A reddened, tender, bony bump forms at the base of the toe. Sometimes, the big toe overlays the second toe and even third toe. Pain, decreasing mobility and callus formation on the bottom of the foot result.

How many people have bunions?

Harvard Health reports that a full 36 percent of individuals--mostly women--over the age of 65 have bunions to one degree or other. While years of narrow shoes and high heels contribute to the problem, heredity plays a significant role, too. Some families have foot structures which, given the right set of conditions, tend to develop bunions.

Don't ignore the pain

Unfortunately, bunions hurt--sometimes a lot, leading to sedentary lifestyles, especially in the senior population. Your Northridge podiatrist recommends a complete podiatric examination and X-rays if you exhibit bunion symptoms. However, don't worry. Most bunions respond really well to very basic care strategies. Dr. Neuman will discuss a care plan geared to his diagnostic findings and your lifestyle.

Treating bunions

The simplest of approaches often works best. Bunionectomy, or removal of the bony bump and realignment of the joint and connective tissue, always is a last resort.

Strategies Dr. Neuman frequently suggests are:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Quality shoes with room in the toes and low heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • Rest
  • Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
  • Moleskin or other over the counter padding applied to the side of the foot to relieve friction
  • Semi-rigid orthotics (shoe inserts) to provide proper arch support

Come talk to us

You can feel good and retain your mobility when you treat that bunion pain. Please call your podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Neuman, for an examination. We have two offices for your convenience. In Northridge, CA, phone (818) 885-8400, and in Lancaster, CA, call (661) 945-3628.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
January 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Foot issues can affect more than just your feet. Difficulty standing or walking can have an impact on a variety of daily tasks, from bunionsexercising to something as simple as walking to bed at night. Often, bunions begin painlessly but become painful over time. Nipping your bunion pain in the bud can save you discomfort later on. Find out more about the early signs of bunions and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA.

Do I have a bunion? 
A bunion grows at the base of the big toe toward the inside of the foot and presents itself visually as a lump or bump. In its earliest stages, you may only notice the lump of the bunion itself with no other symptoms. However, over time, the bunion grows bigger, pushing the big toe toward the smaller toes and causing them to overlap or become deformed. Commonly, corns or calluses develop on the smaller toes due to the friction of them rubbing together. Eventually, you may notice pain, swelling, discomfort, or redness in the area of the bunion. Pain may be intermittent or persistent and usually gets better with rest.

How can my podiatrist help my bunion? 
Your foot doctor can treat your existing bunion, but can also help prevent it from growing larger. In many cases, bunions relate to genetics since you inherit the type of foot which is susceptible to bunions. However, bunion growth also correlates to wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as those which are too narrow, high-heeled, or too tight. By watching the bunion and monitoring its growth alongside wearing the best kind of shoes to slow the growth, your podiatrist can help you take the proper steps to slow or even stop your bunion’s growth.

Bunion Treatments in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA 
Treating a bunion in its later stages usually involves a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy. This procedure removes the bunion altogether and, if necessary, aligns the smaller toes and big toe to ensure they lie correctly next to each other rather than overlapping.

For more information on bunions or their care, please contact Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA. Call (818) 885-8400 to schedule your appointment in Northridge or (661) 945-3628 to schedule your appointment in Lancaster today!

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Could your foot problems be due to a bunion? Help is on the way!

A bunion is a fairly common foot ailment; however, just because you have one doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with the pain and discomfort. Learn more about this condition and how your Northridge, CA  podiatrist may be able to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is a bunion?Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that originates at a toe’s joint. While any toe can be affected, bunions are most often found at the base of the big toe.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of a bunion are:


  • A large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe
  • Localized pain and swelling
  • Soreness and redness around the affected toe
  • Difficulty moving the big toe
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, decreased mobility and a visible bump on the joint of the big toe, then it’s time you visited your foot doctor for proper care.


What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion forms when weight isn’t distributed evenly on the joints of the feet. Over time this causes the joint to become unstable and form a hard lump. A bunion may be the result of a congenital foot deformity, a past injury or arthritis. There is also a debate as to whether wearing tight, high-heeled shoes could also cause a bunion to form.

What treatment options are available to me?

There are many conservative options that you can try to help alleviate your bunion symptoms. Some of the most common options include:


  • Wearing shoe inserts or custom orthotics (which your podiatrist can prescribe for you)
  • Only wearing shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to move
  • Splinting or taping the foot so it’s in the proper position
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or Aleve
  • Taking prescription medication or cortisone injections may also reduce pain and swelling, particularly if symptoms are more severe
  • Applying a wrapped ice pack to the bunion to reduce swelling and discomfort

Can a bunion be removed?

While the treatment options above are designed to reduce and even eliminate the pain you are experiencing, they are not designed to remove or get rid of the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is to have it surgically removed, and surgery is not often recommended until you have exhausted all other treatment options and still haven’t experienced any relief.

Will a bunion get worse if left untreated?

Bunions are known to increase over time, but it will be hard to predict when a bunion will get larger. When you come in to see your foot doctor we may be able to determine just how large your bunion may become over time.

Contact your Northridge, CA Podiatrist

A bunion doesn’t have to rule your life. Turn to your Northridge, CA  podiatrist to find the answers you need to treat your bunion symptoms effectively.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Care
May 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Relief  

Did you know that more than half the women in America suffer from bunions? Often caused by wearing tight, narrow shoes, bunions are physically characterized by enlarged big toes (metatarsophalangeal joint) that stick out. The skin on them is also often red and sensitive.

At Complete Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Thomas Neuman, D.P.M., offers lasting podiatric treatments for patients suffering from uncomfortable and intrusive bunion formations along their feet. That's because he offers patients many non-surgical solutions, like protective pads that bring comfort to the affected areas, and offers wisdom that his patients can carry home with them.

Untreated Bunion Discomfort

If you already have bunions, you may realize that wearing any shoes - even ones with more room near the toes - can cause some discomfort when you step forward and your feet brush up against the insides of the shoes. If you don't have bunions yet but are at risk for getting them, simply avoiding wearing ill-fitting shoes can help prevent bunion onset. Otherwise, bunions can become bursitis when left untreated.

Also, untreated bunions can place additional pressure on surrounding foot structures, including neighboring toes. Once your second toe is pushed out of alignment by your big toe, your middle toe may be pushed out of alignment, and this can continue with the rest of the toes. Eventually, bunions can become so severe that walking on them at all becomes a chore; arthritis development is another common side effect.

Surgical Bunion Treatments

Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) involves the realignment of the bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves in and around their big toe. This brings it the toe back into position, so you can start to walk in comfort again.

Bunion surgery is often simple, and can be performed with minimal time in the hospital. Swelling and stiffness is often present immediately following surgery.

Your bunions don't have to keep you down. Give Dr. Neuman a call today at (818) 885-8400 or (661) 945-3628 and discover lasting podiatrist relief right here in Lancaster and Northridge, CA!