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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about bunions

  • Click to enlarge Bunions cause swelling, redness, and soreness at the big toe joint.
  • Bunions can result from wearing shoes that don't fit properly or from wearing high-heeled shoes with narrow, pointed toes. When a shoe rubs against the toe joint it irritates the area and makes it swollen, red, and painful. A tough, calloused covering grows over the site.
  • ​If the bunion gets worse and causes too much discomfort, your healthcare provider may suggest surgery.

what are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. The big toe joint gets enlarged and the big toe points toward the other toes. The medical term for the deformity where the big toe angles toward the other toes is hallux valgus.

People with weak or flat feet and women who wear high heels often are more likely to develop bunions.

how are bunions diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group foot and ankle specialist will examine the lower leg, ankle, and foot to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of your condition. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. 

Surgery is usually not needed. You can usually relieve pressure on the big toe if you:

  • Wear roomy, comfortable shoes.
  • Wear a corrective device that pushes the big toe back into the right position and holds it in place.
  • Place a pad on the bunion.
  • Use custom-made arch supports called orthotics to help reduce pain.

If the bunion gets worse and causes too much discomfort, your healthcare provider may suggest surgery, called bunionectomy, to straighten the toe by taking out part of the bone, and permanently join the bones of the affected joint. Recovery from bunion surgery may take two months or more.

how can i manage bunions?

A bunion is a permanent problem without surgical correction. You can alleviate symptoms if you:

  • Keep pressure off the affected toe.
  • Keep your foot up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your healthcare team. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, do not take for more than 10 days.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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