Bunions Specialist

Caring Podiatry

Podiatrists & Board Certified Podiatric Physicians located in Monroe Township, NJ & Neptune, NJ

If you have a painful hard bump at the inside of your big toe, it’s likely a bunion. In the majority of cases, bunions are progressive. This means that the bunion will continue to worsen over time and could leave you predisposed to further foot problems. t. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Caring Podiatry offers a number of treatment options, ranging from conservative care to surgical correction. , at two convenient locations in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey. Call either location, or book an appointment online now.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions? 

Bunions are a foot deformity in which you develop a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe. You can also get a bunionette, a small bump on the side of your little toe. Often, a bunion starts with a mild deviation of your big toe. As the deformity gradually progresses, the toe continues to deviate and can eventually push the second toe out of position. This abnormality changes the mechanics and function of your foot, leading to continued pain and discomfort. What causes bunions?

Bunions can develop when there's an imbalance within the joints and tendons in your foot. This imbalance can occur in a few ways, including inherited faulty foot structure. Though bunion deformities aren’t directly inherited, the foot type leading to bunion deformity is an inherited trait. 

Other things that can cause bunions include traumatic foot injury, neuromuscular disorders, tendon dysfunction and bone deformities present from birth. Arthritis, inflammatory joint disease, and flat-foot can also contribute to the development of bunions. 

Your lifestyle and occupation can also play a role in the development of bunions. If you place considerable stress on your feet regularly, like ballet dancing or high impact athletics, you could be prone to bunions. Also, high heels or other shoes that tightly encase your forefoot can contribute to bunions.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

A bunion usually looks like a big bump on the outer corner of your big toe, at its base (the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. A bunionette is a smaller bump in the corresponding joint in your little toe. You might also experience:

  • Difficulty your affected toe 
  • MTP joint redness
  • MTP joint swelling
  • Callus over the bony bump
  • Burning, numbness along the big toe

It's also common for bunions to lead to other foot problems. For example, you could develop calluses on the ball of your foot because of abnormal weight distribution and walking patterns. It's also common to develop corns and calluses when you have bunions.

How are bunions treated?

Bunion treatment depends on several factors, including how severe the bony growth is, the motion and mechanics of the big toe joint. and whether it's affecting your gait. Treatment at Caring Podiatry may include: 

  • Padding the affected toe
  • Taping the affected toe to keep it in place
  • Medication, including oral or injected drugs for severe pain and inflammation
  • Ultrasound therapy to relieve inflammation
  • Orthotics to help control your foot movement and prevent bunion worsening

If conservative treatments don't help, the Caring Podiatry team can perform bunion surgery. This type of surgery can alleviate pressure and pain while restoring your joint to its normal position. At Caring Podiatry the goal is to keep patients moving. Most patients are able to walk immediately after surgery in a protective boot.

Caring Podiatry can help with even the biggest and most difficult bunions, so book your appointment online or by phone today.