25 Feb Bunions and Toe-Shortening Procedure are becoming a Common Procedure in the US
Newsweek has recently reported on a new podiatric aesthetic treatment known as, ‘toe binding’ or ‘toe shortening.’ The technique is performed by podiatrists alongside bunion removal, which is a non-cosmetic surgery situation. Apparently the technique is gaining in popularity in the US.
The procedure removes a knuckle in the foot, then pins the toe back up and together, refuses the bones. A high school teacher from New York’s Rockaway Beach in Queens, Nancy Velazquez, is apparently very happy with her procedure. She has stated that, before the toe-binding procedure, her overlong toes and bunions made it almost impossible to wear high heels, dance, or even walk.
Many people know what it’s like to deal with painful and ugly bunions. For assistance with this deformity, call a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran will take a look at your bunions and make a recommendation based on their severity.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests – testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.
If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.