Our new office in Tarzana will be welcoming patients from 1st January

We're now offering Saturday appointments at the Chino and Upland offices. House calls and Telehealth visits are available for qualified patients. We are also
performing Covid 19 PCR and rapid testing at the Chino office

Hammer Toes & Bunions

Bunion And Hammertoe Treatment

Bunion and Hammertoe Treatment

A bunion, also known as “hallux valgus”, is impairment of the tissue at the base of the big toe, which causes an often-painful swelling on the joint. The hallux valgus brings various changes in the bony framework of the long bone on the side of the big toe. These changes reshape the long bones in your foot that connect your ankle to your toes, causing the big toe to lean toward the second toe and worsening the lump, often resulting in hammertoes.

Dealing with a large bump poking out at the base of your big toe is not easy. It can cause severe pain and stiffness, making it difficult to wear even the roomiest shoes. Bunion and Hammertoe are more likely to occur in women compared to men. Also, people with flexible joints are often seen to deal with bunions.

Though bunions are contagious, your poor lifestyle or the way you wear shoes or walk may also be the reason behind the impairment. Consult to a podiatrist without any delay if you’re dealing with any symptoms. He will diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

Bunion and Hammertoe Surgery

If you want to cure your painful bunion permanently, surgery is the only option. The right time of surgery is when your bunion is causing severe pain. Surgery can also be done because the bunion is causing other problems. The surgery aims to return the big toe to its correct position by taking the bump out.

Bunion and Hammertoe Treatment

Bunions and Hammertoe, without a doubt, cannot be cured without surgery. But, for many people, it may simply be a matter of wearing properly fitting shoes. And, fortunately, with some measures, you can ease the symptoms or slow down the progression of a bunion. All you have to do is change your routine, choose low-heeled foot-wear, maintain a healthy weight and protect the bunion with moleskin or gel-filled pad. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also prescribed in some cases.

Bunion and Hammertoe Treatment at Empire Foot & Ankle

We, under the roof of Empire Foot & Ankle, are on one goal which is to restore alignment and function and improve your standard of living. To give you comfort to wear any shoes you want, able to walk or even run, and heal your pain, we strive hard and ensure that we’re with you on the route of your recovery.

We are open to treat your foot and ankle pathologies during these unprecedented time.
Safety of our patients is our priority. We are following all the CDC guidelines and taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety when in the office. In addition to our routine and sanitizing procedures, we also follow these measures:

  • Screening patient via the phone during scheduling and upon arrival to the office.
  • We enforce and practice social distancing: No waiting in the waiting room as all patients entering the office directly go into a private treatment room.
  • Sanitizing of all high traffic and high touch areas after each patient leaves our office.
  • Our doctors and staff are fully equipped with personal protection equipment, and if needed, these equipments will be given to the patients as well.
  • We must keep vulnerable patients out of the ER and hospitals. We are answering the phones 24/7 for urgent matters as our phone line is routed to our cell phone.
  • In some cases, we also provide Telemedicine and conduct Home Visits.
  • We try to give same day appointments during this time.