Bunions Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

Bunions can be both unsightly and limiting, especially when they’re inflamed, making even your most comfortable shoes a painful affair. At Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute, the podiatric team led by Ankur Dharia, DPM, routinely helps their Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, patients find effective and long-term solutions for bunions. For experienced bunion care, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions, which are medically known as hallux valgus, are bony protrusions that form at the base of your big toe on the insides of your feet. Bunions are a progressive condition in which your bones shift, causing your big toe to drift toward your other toes, sometimes even traveling over or under your second toe.

Bunions aren’t necessarily severe, but they can cause considerable discomfort when they’re inflamed, and they can limit your footwear choices quite considerably. Not to mention, many find the bony protrusion and repositioning of the big toe unsightly.

What causes bunions?

Structurally speaking, a bunion forms in your metatarsophalangeal joint, which is the joint that connects your metatarsal to your toe. When the tiny bones in this joint fall out of alignment, your metatarsal can begin to shift inward and the bones in your toe begin to shift toward the rest of your toes. Then the bony protrusion forms as your body’s way of protecting itself against friction.

While that’s the structural cause of a bunion, the reason this misalignment begins in the first place is typically due to several factors:

  • Poorly-fitting footwear (think pointy-toed shoes)
  • Structural abnormalities in your feet
  • Genetics
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, such as arthritis

Since bunions are progressive, it’s important that you seek help at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute at the first signs of a developing bunion. 

How are bunions diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosing a bunion may seem obvious as the visual evidence is fairly clear. But Dr. Dharia relies on advanced imaging to assess the degree to which the bones at the base of your big toe have shifted to come up with the best treatment plan for your unique situation.

In most cases, the team treats bunions using the following techniques:

  • A change in footwear
  • Orthotics
  • Padding
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

These measures are typically enough to halt or slow the progression of your bunion.

If your bunion is severe, Dr. Dharia may recommend a surgery called a bunionectomy to correct the positioning of your toes and remove the bony protrusion.

If bunions are interfering with your life, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online.