Bunion Specialist

Lower Limb Institute

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Hackensack, NJ & Edison, NJ

More than 23% of people between the ages of 18-65 have at least one bunion. These bony growths form gradually over an extended period and become more painful as they increase in size. At Lower Limb Institute, expert podiatrist Mina Abadeer, DPM, offers a variety of bunion treatments, including minimally invasive bunion surgery. To schedule an appointment at the Hackensack or Edison, New Jersey, office, call or book online today.

Bunion Q&A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a painful, bony growth that forms on the outside edge of the joint at the base of your big toe. It occurs when your big toe presses up against your middle toes, causing the joint at the bottom of your big toe to bulge outward.

Anyone can experience a bunion, but several factors increase your risk, including foot deformities, structural abnormalities, and underlying health problems like arthritis.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

Common symptoms of a bunion include:

  • A swollen bump on the outer edge of your big toe
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Persistent pain that varies in severity
  • Limited toe movement

If you have a bunion, you’re also more likely to develop corns and calluses on the tops and sides of your affected toe.

Is there any way to prevent a bunion?

There’s no way to prevent a bunion entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by wearing comfortable supportive footwear. 

When buying shoes, Dr. Abadeer recommends looking for a pair with a wide toe box. They also need to have plenty of room.

If you can’t wiggle your toes, your shoes are too tight.

How is a bunion diagnosed?

To diagnose a bunion, Dr. Abadeer reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and physically examines your feet and toes. 

Since bunions are visible to the naked eye, a visual exam is typically enough to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort. Dr. Abadeer might also order X-rays to determine the best way to provide treatment.

How is a bunion treated?

Treatment for a bunion depends on its size and effect on your quality of life. Dr. Abadeer usually recommends conservative, at-home treatments like:

  • Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes
  • Using over-the-counter bunion pads or shoe inserts
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Icing your feet

You might also benefit from custom orthotics that distribute the weight on your feet more evenly.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery

If your bunion continues to grow or interferes with your ability to exercise or work, Dr. Abadeer might recommend minimally invasive bunion surgery. 

During this quick, outpatient procedure, Dr. Abadeer makes a series of small incisions near your bunion. He uses special surgical tools to realign your bone, remove swollen tissue, and straighten your big toe.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery presents fewer risks than traditional surgery, resulting in quicker recovery times.

To receive treatment for your bunion, make an appointment at Lower Limb Institute. Call the nearest location or book online today.