Premier Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Somerset, NJ

Bunions can lead to agonizing foot pain with every step you take. With her conservative approach to bunion pain relief, board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, of Premier Foot & Ankle Center offers several effective bunion therapies. See what she can do for you by scheduling a bunion evaluation at this Somerset, New Jersey, practice. Book your visit by clicking on the online scheduling feature, or by calling the office.

Bunion Q & A

What causes bunions?

A bunion is a joint deformity that develops at the base of your big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). As your big toe regularly gets moved out of place, possibly due to snug-fitting shoes, the joint becomes enlarged and your big toe gets pushed into your smaller toes — it may even overlap your second or third toe. Over time, this leads to a permanent joint misalignment.

While ill-fitting footwear is a common cause of bunions, you may be prone to them just because of your inherited foot shape or deformities that have been present since birth. In other cases, bunions occur because of prior foot injuries or trauma. It isn’t always known why some men and women develop bunions, although symptoms are almost always similar.

Are there symptoms of bunions?

Yes. Aside from the obvious bony bump on the side of your foot, bunions can lead to uncomfortable side effects. For instance, it’s common to develop painful corns across the tops of your toes as they rub against the insides of your shoes. Or you could develop sore and swollen calluses over the bony bump. Bunions can also lead to:

  • Decreased joint flexibility
  • Persistent throbbing pain
  • Difficulty walking

The bigger your bunion gets, the more inflamed it becomes, which can make walking increasingly difficult and painful. Plus, you can also wind up with similar issues on your baby toe joint, which is called a bunionette.

Do I need surgery for bunions?

Possibly, although Dr. Gittens puts together a more conservative treatment plan for you first to see if you get the relief you need — increasing arch support is often helpful. Effective bunion treatments can include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Splinting or padding
  • Wider footwear

Dr. Gittens may order X-ray imaging to assess your deformity to see if surgery is an option for you. Bunion surgery involves straightening out your toe joint and removing any damaged tissue or deformed bone. If you do need surgery, Dr. Gittens uses modern minimally invasive techniques, which helps minimize your recovery time.  

Before your bunions get worse, get started on treatment at Premier Foot & Ankle Center. You can either request an appointment online, or call the office to book one.