Bunion & Hammertoe Treatment Specialist

Dr. Jeffrey  Rosenblatt -  - Board Certified Podiatric Physician

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenblatt

Board Certified Podiatric Physician & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Brooklyn, NY, & West Hempstead, NY

Bunions and hammertoes deform your feet and toes, leading to pain and dysfunction. If you have either foot condition, seek management and treatment from renowned podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Rosenblatt, who's available to residents of the Metro Tech area and the surrounding vicinity. Make an appointment by calling his offices in Brooklyn and West Hempstead, New York or by using the online booking tool.

Bunion & Hammertoe Treatment Q & A

What is a bunion?

Bunions form at the base of your big toe, causing it to point toward the second toe. That creates a large, bony bump with skin that becomes red and sore. That can make wearing shoes and some activities uncomfortable.

Bunions usually form in people with a genetic foot defect that’s aggravated by wearing tight shoes. Arthritis and repetitive stress on your feet can also cause bunions to form. The following symptoms are indicative of a bunion:

  • A bulge on the outside of your big toe
  • Redness and swelling around your big toe joint
  • Pain in your foot, especially on the outside
  • Compromised movement of your big toe
  • Corns or calluses

What are hammertoes?

Hammertoes bend or turn downward, instead of pointing forward. Any toe can develop into a hammertoe, but it usually affects the second or third toe. Hammertoes typically form over time, due to arthritis or ill-fitting shoes.

Hammertoes can also lead to:

  • Corns or calluses
  • Inability to wiggle your toes and flex your foot
  • Blisters on top of the affected toe
  • Difficulty walking

How are bunions and hammertoes treated?

Dr. Rosenblatt determines what causes your hammertoe or bunion to provide proper treatment. He may recommend different shoes, warm foot baths, and medicine to alleviate your immediate discomfort.

Bunion pads, splints, and shoe inserts can also help bunions. Toe pads and arch supports may alleviate discomfort by repositioning the foot.

When bunions and hammertoes become severe, surgery is often the only option. Dr. Rosenblatt keeps the surgery as minimally invasive as possible and uses twilight anesthesia. That means you receive only a mild dose of anesthesia and are sedated, but not entirely knocked out. This reduces risks associated with general anesthesia and improves your recovery time.

During bunion surgery, Dr. Rosenblatt realigns the bone behind your big toe. With hammertoe surgery, he removes any deformed or injured bone and realigns your tendons and joints.

He does the surgeries on an outpatient basis, so you get to go home the same day. However, your movement is often limited for several days or weeks following surgery as you rehabilitate.