Treating Bunions Early Avoids Complications

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A bunion is a very common foot deformity that presents itself as a bony bump on the side or top of the big toe. In the initial stages, a bunion may not cause pain, but as the big toe continues to gravitate out of its normal position and into the other toes, the bump will become larger and more stiff and painful.  

Some avoidable bunion complications include the following: 

  1. Redness, swelling, and pain—When bunions are treated early, the redness, swelling, and pain can be greatly reduced.

  2. Hammertoes—Hammertoes frequently happen in individuals who have bunions.

  3. Skin conditions—Corns and calluses can develop on the bunion and on a hammertoe. Hammertoe corns push on the top of your footwear and are extremely painful.

  4. Ingrown and fungal toenailsThe excess pressure on the side of the big toe can cause the toe to grow into the soft tissue at the edge of the nail. Not only are ingrown toenails extremely painful, but also they can lead to a fungal toenail infection. 

Bunions that are left untreated for months or years may have gotten beyond the point where conservative treatments like splints and braces will be effective. A surgical procedure involving debridement or complete removal of the bunion and realignment of the bones may be needed for relief. 

If you are experiencing complications with bunions, it is important to see a foot specialist for correct care. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, our podiatrist, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.