Dr. William M. Levine, a Brooklyn podiatrist with offices in the Sands Point area of New York, has been in private practice since 1993. Included in his full range of treatments for conditions of the feet and ankles is the use of a minimal incision to correct bunions. Dr. William Levine and his patients in the Sands Point and surrounding areas have found that the procedure requires little, if any, pain medication, and results in less bleeding and scarring than traditional bunion surgeries do.
A bunion is a bony prominence that forms most often on the side of the big toe. The deformity is frequently the result of a misalignment or bowing of the metatarsal phalangeal (the joint of the big toe). Although non-surgical treatments may be successful for minor cases, surgery is often necessary once the condition has progressed.
People affected by bunions may experience tenderness, inflammation, and bursitis at the site. Arthritis often develops with the progression of time.
In some instances, a bunion may form at the location of the little toe. This type of prominence is called a bunionette.