The Nature and Treatment of Bunions

A Brooklyn-based podiatrist, Dr. William M. Levine also serves outlying communities such as Sands Point, New York. In addition to complex foot surgery, Dr. William Levine handles simpler procedures, such as the removal of bunions.

Bunions are lumps that appear on the bone of the big toe. Bunions put the toe in an abnormal position, which crowds the other toes and causes pain. Too-tight shoes are a common cause of bunions.

Several non-surgical treatments exist. The first involves wearing shoes that leave a lot of space around the toes. Patients can also use tape and padding to return the joints to their optimal position. Pain medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen are other non-invasive procedures. Injected cortisone may also reduce pain. Shoe inserts or arch supports help balance the load between both feet.

If these measures do not bring relief, surgery may be necessary. The most common procedure is the bunionectomy, which includes the removal of swollen tissue and part of the bone to permit realignment. Permanent joining of the bones of the big toe is the last step.


About williammlevinepodiatrist

William M. Levine D.P.M. has enjoyed nearly two decades as a podiatrist. For the past 13 years, Dr. William M. Levine has served as an Attending Podiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center and the Brooklyn Hospital. In 1993, he established his first private practice, which remains in operation. Thirteen years later, Dr. Levine expanded the scope of his care when he opened additional facilities in Manhasset, New York, and Far Rockaway, New York. Over the course of his career, William M. Levine has provided his services for free to such athletic events as the Special Olympics and the Goodwill Games. He also spent four years working with Bravo Ambulance, a volunteer ambulance service that offers emergency care to residents of Brooklyn, New York. Throughout the entirety of his career, Dr. Levine has remained an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. In 1983, William M. Levine began his training at the State University of New York at Binghamton, from which he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Levine then relocated to Chicago, where he completed his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He received further training at the Fort Leonard Wood Army Hospital, where he undertook an externship in trauma and reconstructive surgery. William M. Levine then moved to Newark, New Jersey, to perform a podiatric surgical residency at Saint Michael’s Medical Center. He later completed an ankle arthroscopy course. He is an Associate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and he is also certified by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. In his free time, William M. Levine enjoys watching and playing sports such as soccer, baseball, football, skiing, golf, and tennis. He also spends much of his time on home improvement projects, reading, and traveling.
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