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Carteret - Foot & Ankle Center


Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgeon and Wound Care Specialist providing Bunions services to Carteret, Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Rahway, Elizabeth, NJ and the surrounding areas

Do you have a painful, bony bump at the base of your big toe, causing daily pain and inflammation? Then you could benefit from the innovative bunion solutions offered by Navrit Randhawa, DPM, and his colleagues at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center in Carteret and Manalapan Township, New Jersey. The experienced podiatrists use conservative treatments where possible, with minimally invasive surgery available for severe bunions. Call Carteret Foot & Ankle Center to arrange an expert bunion evaluation, or complete the online form today to request an appointment.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions are permanent big-toe joint abnormalities. They form gradually at the toe’s bottom joint, where it joins the ball of your foot. Something pushes or squeezes the toe out of its normal alignment so the top of the toe points inward, making the lower bones protrude out to the side.

Ill-fitting footwear and regularly wearing pointy or high-heeled shoes can trigger bunion formation. This is particularly so if you have an underlying structural abnormality like high arches or flat feet. Other risk factors for getting bunions include:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Injury or trauma
  • Unstable joints
  • Faulty foot mechanics

No matter what’s causing your bunions, get a thorough evaluation at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center before your discomfort worsens, and the bunion becomes harder to treat.

What symptoms can bunions cause?

Bunions develop into prominent lumps with reddened skin that’s tight and shiny. You might also have symptoms such as:

  • Toe stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Hammertoes (bent, sometimes rigid toes)
  • Calluses and corns

Bunions rub against the insides of your shoes, and pressure from footwear can cause painful walking.

The Carteret Foot & Ankle Center podiatrists encourage you to attend a bunion evaluation even if your bunions don’t bother you too much. They can design a treatment plan to prevent bunions from worsening.

What bunion treatments are available?

Depending on your bunion symptom severity, you may need a combination of the following treatments:

  • Footwear changes
  • Nighttime splints
  • Protective padding
  • Specialized exercises
  • Callus or corn removal
  • Custom orthotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative bunion treatments don’t provide relief, or you have a severe bunion, Carteret Foot & Ankle Center might recommend surgery (bunionectomy). During bunionectomy, your provider realigns the joint at the base of your big toe and makes any other corrections required to correct the misalignment and help relieve the pain.

The experienced podiatrists specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques, making several tiny incisions in your foot rather than one large one. They use special instruments that fit into these small incisions to perform the surgery.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery has several advantages, including reduced tissue damage and pain and quicker recovery.

Call Carteret Foot & Ankle Center to arrange a bunion evaluation or book an appointment online today.