Bunions Specialist

Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aberdeen, NJ

Bunions are a common foot problem, affecting up to one-third of adults in the United States. If you experience a painful bony bump at your big toe joint, the board-certified podiatrists at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, can relieve your symptoms. They offer numerous noninvasive and surgical treatments that restore your mobility and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists by phone or online today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bone deformity that often develops at the base of your big toe. It sticks out and might feel uncomfortable. Symptoms of a bunion include

  • Limited mobility of your big toe
  • Long-lasting or intermittent pain
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • A bulging bump near the base of your big toe

Bunions commonly appear near your big toe, but smaller bunions can develop at the joint of your little toe.

What are the risk factors for bunions?

Anybody can develop a bunion due to inherited structural defects. The following factors increase your risk of developing one:

  • Wearing tight, narrow shoes
  • Wearing high heels regularly
  • Repeated stress on your feet
  • Rheumatoid and other types of arthritis
  • High-impact physical activity
  • Foot injuries
  • Congenital deformities

Untreated bunions can cause bursitis (inflamed fluid-filled sacs near your joints), hammertoe, and inflammation or pain on the balls of your feet.

What is the treatment for bunions?

Bunions don’t always require treatment. Your podiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history, and examines your foot to determine which treatment best matches your needs. X-rays help your doctor identify the severity of a bunion or its cause. Your personalized bunion treatment plan might include:

Footwear changes

Avoid high heels and choose soft, comfortable shoes that offer your toes plenty of space. Your podiatrist may recommend padded shoe inserts to alleviate symptoms and prevent bunions from getting worse.

Padding and taping

Your doctor might suggest bunion pads, tape, or a splint to reduce stress on a bunion and relieve pain associated with it.

Ice

Apply ice to bunions if they become sore or inflamed.

Medications

Taking oral medications or receiving cortisone injections helps control bunion pain and improve mobility.

Surgery

Surgery is a last resort if bunion pain is severe or interferes with everyday activities. Your podiatrist lets you know which surgical procedure is right for you. While bunion surgery isn’t as invasive as many other procedures, a full recovery might take weeks to months.

Don’t let bunion pain reduce your quality of life when simple treatments are within reach. Call Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists to learn more about your options or schedule an appointment online today.