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Bunions Specialist

Amit Shah DPM

Podiatrists & Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in North Brunswick, Edison, & Cranbury, NJ

If you’re part of the one-third of American adults suffering from bunions, Amit Shah DPM has encouraging news: Drs. Shah and Armanious, DPM, can cure bunions with an advanced surgical procedure. This reliable surgery has a high success rate, which means there’s a permanent bunions solution if conservative care doesn’t work for you. Call one of the three office locations in North Brunswick, Edison, and Cranbury, New Jersey, or click online scheduler to book now.

Bunions Q&A

What do bunions look like?

Bunions, a common deformity in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in your big toe, look like a pronounced bony swelling on the side of your foot. 

In less common cases, you can also develop bunionettes on the side of your little toe. When you have a bunion, your big toe angles inwards to push on or possibly even rest atop your second and third toes. 

Why do bunions develop?

Bunions usually develop because of faulty foot mechanics inherited from your parents, which means that bunions aren't genetic, but the foot shape that causes them is. 

If you have a foot type that's prone to bunions, anything that disrupts the natural tendon and joint balance in your foot can lead to their development. 

For example, wearing tight shoes isn't the actual cause of bunions, but it can contribute to their development if you're already prone to them. 

High heeled shoes are especially hard on your feet because they close your toes in and put considerable pressure on your MTP joints, forcing your toe ligaments out of position.

Some other possible causes of bunions can include foot injury, neuromuscular disorders, or other kinds of foot deformities. 

What do bunions look like?

The main way to recognize a bunion is to look for the big lump at the bottom of your big toe, extending out to the side. Bunions also commonly cause symptoms such as:

  • Chronic soreness
  • Burning feeling
  • Numb feeling
  • Pain when you're wearing shoes
  • Red skin 

Usually, symptoms are most severe when you're wearing shoes that constrict your upper foot, but bunions can also grow larger and make it painful or uncomfortable to walk or stand. 

What is the optimal treatment for bunions?

It depends on the severity of your bunion and how your foot changes as a result. Some conservative treatments typically include:

  • Padding 
  • Taping
  • Custom orthotics
  • New shoes with a wide toe box
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice packs

While these treatments can relieve your pain and other symptoms, they don't actually restore your foot to its previous state. Because bunions are bone deformities, you need surgery to repair the damage and restore alignment. The Amit Shah DPM team has a high success rate with curing bunions through surgery.

Book your appointment using the convenient online scheduler or call the office of Amit Shah, DPM, for bunion treatment in New Jersey now.