Bunion Specialist

Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey

Jay Bhuta, DPM

Ankle and Foot Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Millburn, NJ & Livingston, NJ

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 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, New Jersey, office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Bunion Q & A


What are bunions?

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:

  • Pain at the site of bump
  • Corns or calluses where your big toe and second toe meet
  • Swelling at the big toe
  • Decreased movement at the big toe
  • Numbness

Wearing shoes that crowd your toes may worsen your symptoms.

How did I get a bunion?

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.

When should I get treatment for my bunion?

If your bunion is causing pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhuta. Other symptoms that require a visit include:

  • Bump on your big toe
  • Reduction in movement in your big toe
  • Inability to find proper shoes

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.

How are bunions treated?

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:

  • Icing
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
  • Padding or change in shoes
  • Steroid injections

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.

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