Bunions Don’t Have to Be a Bumpy Ride
A bunion is a bump on the inner aspect of the foot at the base of the big toe. If you’ve never experienced a bunion, you might think that this bump is an enlarged bone or even a growth, but it’s not. A bunion is actually a normally-shaped bone that has drifted into an abnormal position. As part of the deformity, the big toe becomes crooked, pointing more and more toward the second toe. Painful bunions can make routine activities like walking or even standing extremely uncomfortable. Here, Dr. Kurt Voellmicke, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital discusses what causes bunions and empowers you with treatment options for this potentially debilitating foot condition.
There are aspects of getting older that are simply no fun. For example: In some people — mainly women over 40 — the feet will just give out. More specifically, they get adult-acquired flat foot, says. (Men get it too, by the way.)
People usually recognize something’s wrong when they start to experience pain on the inner side of the ankle.
As a doctor I find that it is common for many to be confused over what constitutes a sprained ankle. What is a sprain, and what should you do if you have one? You’ll be happy to know that the answers are pretty straightforward.
A sprain is defined as a stretched or torn ligament — the tough, fibrous tissue that connects one bone to another and supports your joints. By far the most common type of sprain is in the ankle. Typically people roll their ankle outward and damage the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Basketball and volleyball players are the most susceptible to sprains, followed by soccer and lacrosse players. Jumping and then landing unevenly or on the side of another player’s foot is the typical cause of a sprain. Ankle sprains can also occur sliding into a base or running on an uneven surface. Having high arches can put you at higher risk of a sprain: The foot is like a tripod. The higher one’s arch, the more the tripod tends to tilt to the side. Other risk factors include weakness of the supporting leg muscles or poor balance.