Get answers for frequently asked questions!

Haro Podiatry & Laser Center has been able to provide effective treatment for numerous patients over many years. During this time, we have been able to compile a list of questions that are often asked. You are certainly always welcome to give us a call if you have a question not featured in the section. While you’re on the line, be sure to request your appointment with Dr. Haro so he can create a treatment plan to resolve your foot or ankle problem. We add to this section, so be sure to check back periodically!

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  • What causes a bunion?

    A bunion is a term for the bone enlargement that protrudes out where your big toe and foot meet.

    A bunion can also form on the outside of the foot where the little toe and foot meet.

     

    1. Does wearing the wrong shoes cause a bunion?

    Bunions are almost always hereditary. Narrower shoes worn consistently can make the bunion hurt more, but do not cause it. If shoes were the cause, men and children would never get bunions… and they do. Unfortunately, some people are just genetically predisposed to this condition.

    2. Is there a splint that can correct a bunion?

    There are many splints on the market, but none of them correct a bunion. Nothing will take away the enlarged bone and make the big toe straight again other than surgery. Wearing a splint may slow down how fast a bunion grows.

    3. I heard a bunion always comes back after being removed – is that true?

    Although it’s possible for a bunion to recur, when the right procedure is done it’s rare the bunion will return. The techniques for bunion correction keep getting better. Also, we recommend shoes with good support and custom orthotics to decrease the chance of a recurrence.

    4. When is the best time to have the bunion removed?

    There are a couple of reasons to consider having surgery. The first is when there is pain on a daily basis. The second is if the big toe starts overlapping the second toe. The size of the bunion doesn’t always correlate with the pain. Some large bunions rarely hurt. Some small bunions hurt a ton. We can advise you as to if or when surgery is indicated.

    5. What can be done about the pain besides surgery?

    Sometimes we’ll use cortisone to relieve the pain. Custom orthotics are helpful to align the foot better. Of course, wider shoes can be helpful. Ice and Ibuprofen have also helped some people.

     

    There isn’t a one-size-fits-all for bunions.

    We recommend a non-surgical approach to bunions, as we do for all foot conditions, for as long as possible.

    Some bunions can get bigger and more painful quickly. An x-ray will guide us to the best option if this occurs.

     

    If you have had a bunion that hurts fairly often, we can advise you on the best course of action. Our staff members are ready to make your appointment. Call our Clifton, NJ office at (973) 777-5771 for same-day appointments. 

     

  • Do You Really Need To Worry About Pediatric Flatfoot?

    “Flat feet” is another item we see on parents’ worry lists. Take a close look at your little one’s feet as they stand (if you can get them to stay still for a second or two!).

    Can you see any arch at all peeking up from the floor? Or is the whole foot flat?

    Most young kids experience flat feet at an early age. Obviously, most of them seem to turn out fine, although that’s not always the case. We need to dig a little deeper to find an answer.

    So What Is a Parent to Do About Their Child's Flat Feet?

    Whenever you notice something odd about your child’s feet or the way they walk, it’s never a bad idea to bring them in for a checkup. However, the main thing you should be looking for is pain. If your child doesn’t appear to be in any discomfort, especially if they’re still on the young side, there’s no particular reason to be concerned.

    If they’re out running, playing, and showing no signs that their feet are slowing them down in any way, then there really isn’t a problem. If, however, your child is complaining about feet that hurt, or they’re shying away from active play for reasons you don’t under stand, it’s time to bring them in for a visit. No amount of foot pain is normal for a child.

    Does Your Child Suffer From Painful Foot Issues?

    If your child is suffering with painful foot problems you need to speak with an experienced podiatrist as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Clifton, New Jersey office directly at 973.777.5771 to schedule their appointment today. We look forward to helping your child alleviate their painful foot condition.