Bunions Specialist

Scott J. Pickett, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Upstate Podiatry Services

Scott J. Pickett, DPM

Podiatrist located in Schenectady, NY

Nearly 25% of all adults struggle with bunions, and your chances only get higher with age. As an innovative and highly-skilled podiatrist, Scott J. Pickett, DPM of Upstate Podiatry Services in Schenectady, New York can help resolve your bunion discomfort. Between conservative treatments and minimally-invasive reconstructive foot surgery, Dr. Pickett can treat your bunion in a variety of ways. Book your bunion evaluation by using the online scheduling feature, or by calling the office.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are painful, bony bumps on the sides of your big toes. They develop over time if your big toe is continuously pushed towards the rest of your toes. That typically stems from wearing snug or pointy shoes, but some of the other reasons you may have bunions include:

  • Family history
  • Injury or trauma
  • Birth deformities

It isn’t always known why you may develop bunions on one or both of your toes. Women are generally more prone to having bunions, likely because of footwear such as high heels.

How are bunions treated?

Your bunion treatment plan depends on the severity of your bunion, as well as your symptoms. Dr. Pickett is likely going to try conservative measures first to see if he can relieve your bunion pain. This can include:

  • Padding or splinting your toe
  • Getting cortisone injections
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications
  • Getting fitted for custom orthotics

If you don’t experience relief from conservative treatments, or if your condition worsens, you may need bunion surgery. While they’re not a medical concern, bunions are permanent — often painful — deformities until they’re surgically treated. A minimally-invasive bunion procedure involves removing any swollen tissue from around your big toe joint.

Dr. Pickett carefully straightens your big toe by removing part of the bone, then realigns your toe bones and joint. This surgical solution is known for effectively treating bunion discomfort once and for all.

Can I prevent bunions?

Depending on your genetic foot structure, you might not be able to prevent bunions altogether. However, you can certainly work to prevent bunions, especially if you already know they run in your family. Dr. Pickett can evaluate your footwear to ensure you have enough wiggle room in the toe area.

If he finds that your shoes are too snug, forcing your big toe to press against your smaller toes, Dr. Pickett suggests swapping to a different pair of shoes with more room. It’s also helpful to rest your feet frequently throughout the day if you’re always standing, or if you typically wear high heels.

Book your bunion evaluation at Upstate Podiatry Services either online or over the phone.