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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Common Misconceptions About Bunions | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Common Misconceptions About Bunions

During the summer months when bare feet are on display, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care have more patients seeking treatment for bunions. Although bunions are a well known condition, there are many misconceptions surrounding them. Here are a few of them:

Bunions are a bump on the side of your big toe. The bump is only the visible part of the problem. A bunion is actually a deformity of the bony structure of the forefoot which causes the big toe to drift towards the second toe. Eventually this pushes the bones out of alignment and causes the telltale bump on the side of the foot.

Wearing shoes that are too tight causes bunions. While wearing shoes that are narrow in the front and crowd the toes can make a bunion worse, the cause is the defective mechanical structure of the foot, which is often inherited.

Bunions can go away on their own. Not so. Bunions are a progressive condition that will only worsen over time if left untreated. As the bones of the foot move more and more out of place, the larger the bump grows. The larger the bump, the harder it is to fit into shoes and the more problems are caused by the friction and pressure on the bump.

The only treatment for bunions is surgery. Although it’s true that surgery is the only way to eliminate a bunion, the foot doctor has several non-invasive treatment options that can be tried to bring relief first. These include:

  • Choosing footwear that has a wide toe box and low heels will help relieve pain and pressure from the bunions.
  • Placing padding strategically over the bunion to help reduce pain and pressure.
  • Icing and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotic devices to shift the position of the foot and reduce pressure on the affected area.


If you have a bunion, don’t suffer needlessly. Make an appointment at our Aberdeen office and let one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel examine your foot and work with you to find a treatment plan that will bring relief from this painful and unsightly condition.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Common Misconceptions About Bunions, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen