Bunions, which are a type of foot deformity, are very common. But if you’re like many people, you may put off getting treatment for your bunion and suffer through the pain. Jay Bhuta, DPM, at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey -- providing care for patients in the areas of Millburn, Livingston, Union, Springfield, Florham Park, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, and Summit - wants you to stop delaying treatment and let him help you get relief. Dr. Bhuta is a podiatric surgical expert who specializes in foot deformities and reconstruction. Call the Millburn or Livingston, New Jersey, office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
A bunion is a foot deformity that occurs due to a change in the bone structure of the front of your foot that causes the telltale bump on the side of your big toe. Instead of pointing forward, your big toe points towards your second toe, which creates the change in structure.
In addition to the noticeable bump, your bunion may also cause:
Wearing shoes that crowd your toes may worsen your symptoms.
Doctors are still researching the exact cause of the bunions, but your genetics may be a factor. Foot injuries and a congenital foot deformity are also factors that may lead to the development of a bunion.
Your choice of shoes doesn’t cause bunions, but if you have bunions, the wrong shoes may worsen your condition.
If your bunion is causing pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhuta. Other symptoms that require a visit include:
Dr. Bhuta can diagnose your bunion after an examination. To assess the extent of your deformity and determine the best treatment plan, he may recommend an X-ray of your foot.
Treatment for your bunion varies and depends on the extent of the deformity and your symptoms. Dr. Bhuta works closely with you to develop the best treatment plan. If your symptoms are tolerable, he may suggest only close monitoring.
Treatment may include:
Dr. Bhuta may also provide custom-made orthotics to help relieve foot pain and help reduce progression of the deformity.
If conservative treatments fail to improve your pain or the deformity has progressed, Dr. Bhuta may suggest surgical intervention for your bunion. The goal of surgery is to remove your bump and realign the bones and soft tissue to improve the deformity.
For expert management of your bunion from a podiatrist who cares, call Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.