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Is that painful bony bump at the base of your big toe starting to cause daily pain and inflammation? Then you may benefit from the innovative bunion solutions offered by Dr. Randhawa at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center.


What causes bunions?

Bunions, which are permanent deformities of your big toe joint, can develop for a variety of reasons. They form gradually over time as your big toe gets pushed and squeezed out of its normal alignment, like if you regularly wear pointy or high-heeled shoes.

Ill-fitting footwear isn’t the only thing to blame when it comes to bunions, though. Your bunions may be linked to or worsened by:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Injury or trauma
  • High arches
  • Flat feet

Sometimes, you’re just at an increased risk of bunions because of inherited faulty foot mechanics, such as unstable joints. No matter what’s causing your bunions, though, it’s important to have them evaluated soon before your discomfort worsens.

When should I see a podiatrist for bunions?

The team at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center encourages you to come in for a bunion evaluation even if your bunions seem minor or don’t bother you too much. The team can design a treatment plan to prevent the progression of your bunions.

It’s particularly important to see a trusted podiatrist for a bunion exam if you’re experiencing:

  • Toe stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Pain, burning, or tingling
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Hammertoe development

The dedicated podiatrists can even help you if you develop uncomfortable calluses and painful corns as a result of your bunions.

Which bunion treatment do I need?

Your bunion treatment plan from Carteret Foot & Ankle Center is entirely personalized to you. Depending on the severity of your bunion symptoms, you may need a combination of any of the following treatments:

  • Nighttime splints
  • Protective padding
  • Changes in footwear
  • Specialized exercises
  • Callus or corn removal
  • Custom or over-the-counter orthotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative bunion treatments aren’t providing relief, or if you have a severe bunion deformity, your dedicated podiatrist could recommend bunion surgery (bunionectomy).

The team at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove your bunion and realign your toe to restore your normal toe functions and relieve symptoms.

Schedule your evaluation at Carteret Foot & Ankle Center today. Request an appointment, or call our office to speak with a team member.