Bunion Specialist

Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic

Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Jonesboro, GA & Atlanta, GA

A bunion, a joint deformity that develops at the base of your big toe, can lead to serious discomfort if left untreated. If you have a progressing bunion or agonizing bunion pain, schedule an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS, of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Dr. Kalish provides effective bunion solutions at his offices in Sandy Springs and Jonesboro, Georgia. Click the online scheduler to book your exam, or call the office nearest you directly.

Bunion Q & A

Why do bunions form?

Some men and women have a higher likelihood of developing a bunion because of their inherited foot shape and structure. Any natural instability in that big toe joint can increase your risk of developing a bunion, especially if you regularly wear snug-fitting or pointy-toed shoes.

Ill-fitting shoes cause your big toe to rest on top of your second toe and eventually, your joint starts to shift out of alignment, so your big toe can stay there. Genetics and improper footwear aren’t the only things to blame when it comes to bunions. They can also develop due to injuries or arthritis.

Should I see a podiatrist if I have a bunion?

Bunions are progressive and are only going to get worse without proper treatment. Ideally, you’d schedule an evaluation with Dr. Kalish as soon as you start noticing a bunion forming, just to start treatment to get ahead of the deformity. But it’s particularly important to book an exam at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic if your bunion is:

  • Leading to corns and calluses
  • Associated with burning or numbness
  • Causing inflammation and tenderness
  • Keeping you from your daily activities or work

With plenty of in-house imaging available at the clinic, including X-ray, ultrasound, and CT scanning, Dr. Kalish can determine the severity of your bunion deformity on the spot and work with you to design a personalized treatment package.

Do I need bunion surgery?

It’s possible, but Dr. Kalish typically gets you started with conservative treatment options first. Your bunion treatment package may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Changing your shoewear
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Padding, taping, and strapping
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If you have a severe bunion issue, or if several months of trying conservative treatments haven’t provided effective relief, Dr. Kalish can use minimally invasive measures to surgically correct your big toe joint and repair or remove damaged tissues. No matter which type of treatment is right for you, Dr. Kalish cares for you every step of the way.

Before your bunion worsens any further, get started on your personalized treatment plan at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Book your bunion exam online or over the phone.