David J. Kaplan, DPM -  - Podiatrist

FootCare Specialist, Inc.

David J. Kaplan, DPM

Podiatrist located in San Mateo, CA & Half Moon Bay, CA

Red, sore, and swollen bunions aren’t just an eyesore; they can lead to chronic foot stiffness and discomfort over time. If you notice a bony bump forming near your big toe, schedule an evaluation with David J. Kaplan, DPM, at FootCare Specialists, Inc. With locations in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, California, you have an office nearby to receive the bunion care you need. Book your evaluation either online or over the phone today.


Why do bunions form? 

Bunions often form for a combination of reasons, although the underlying issue tends to be faulty foot mechanics. For instance, if you inherit unstable joints, flat feet, or high arches, your risk of bunions increases.

Your footwear choices can contribute to bunions. If you wear high heels or pointy shoes on a daily basis, your big toes can’t lie flat and straight, especially if you have any underlying conditions. As your big toe regularly gets pushed to the side, either over or under your smaller toes, muscles and connective tissues learn to keep your toe in this crooked position, and your toe joint starts to change shape.

Your chances of developing bunions further increases if you have arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have trauma or injury to your forefoot. 

Do I need to see a podiatrist for bunions?

Since bunions are progressive — they worsen over time — you should come in to FootCare Specialists, Inc. as soon as your bunions start forming. Dr. Kaplan encourages you to have a comprehensive foot evaluation as soon as possible if your bunions are:

  • Red and swollen
  • Warm to the touch
  • Accompanied by toe stiffness
  • Associated with corns or calluses

With on-site X-ray imaging available at FootCare Specialists, Inc., you can often get a diagnosis on the spot, so Dr. Kaplan can sit and talk with you about your bunion treatment options. 

Which bunion treatment is most effective?

In many cases, treating bunions begins with combining several conservative therapies to relieve pain and pressure, so inflamed tissues can start healing. Your bunion treatment plan from FootCare Specialists, Inc. may include:

  • Regular icing
  • Bunion shields
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Callus or corn removal
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Footwear changes or modifications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is an option if conservative measures fail or if you have severe bunion deformities. Dr. Kaplan specializes in minimally invasive bunion procedures that often allow you to be up and walking the same day and returning to work within three to five days. 

Get relief from agonizing bunion discomfort by scheduling an exam at FootCare Specialists, Inc. today. Click on the online booking tool or call either location directly.