A condition that we see patients for frequently at Podiatry Center of New Jersey is bunions. A bunion is a deformity of the toe joint that occurs when the bone moves out of proper alignment and the toe begins to drift toward the adjacent toe producing the telltale bump or bony enlargement at the side of the toe. While bunions most frequently form at the base of the big toe, they can also occur on the base of the little toe. These are known as Tailor’s Bunions.
Bunions are a progressive condition and left untreated will only get worse over time. As a bunion enlarges it will become increasingly uncomfortable to wear shoes which press on the bunion. Other secondary conditions may also develop such as hallux valgus (overlapping toes) or hallux abducto valgus (toe twists or rotates inward) as well as corns and calluses.
Who Gets Bunions
Bunions often stem from a neuromuscular or biomechanical problem with your feet. Risk for developing bunions is increased by:
- Congenital defects and heredity
- Overpronation, flat feet or other neuromuscular problems that impact your feet
- Recurring stress to your foot
- Wearing tight shoes with narrow toe boxes and/or high heels
- Previous foot injuries
Early Treatment Key
If you think your toe appears to be moving out of position or you are experiencing pain, redness or tenderness at the base of your toe contact us for an appointment. Our podiatrists have several treatment options ranging from anti-inflammatory medications and custom orthotics to surgery to slow the progression and correct a bunion.
At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal, Dr. Dolan Chowdhury, Dr. Chris A. Obiarinze, Dr. Eric Freiler, Dr. Owen Morris, Dr. Farah Lakhram, Dr. Meltem Ates, Dr. Zakiyyah Waters, Dr. Ashley Kim, Dr. Usman Akram, Dr. Olufunke Buraimoh and Dr. Joseph Schmidl treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, and pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, our 11 conveniently located offices provides individualized high-quality care for patients all across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.