Bunions & Bunion Surgery

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

If left untreated, your bunions are only going to get worse and cause you pain. Before you get to the point where bunion discomfort starts affecting your daily life, get started on bunion treatment with Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry. Dr. Petkov and his specialized Clifton, New Jersey podiatry team offer several bunion therapies, including minimally invasive bunion surgery. Book your bunion evaluation online, or call the clinic directly.

Bunions & Bunion Surgery Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that form over the side of your big toe joint, right near the base. Medical experts believe that bunions most commonly develop because your big toe gets pushed into an unnatural position due to wearing high heels or snug-fitting shoes. This is why women are more likely to suffer from bunions than men.

But bunions can also occur because of your genetic foot shape. If someone in your family has bunions, chances are, you have a foot shape that can leave you prone to developing them, too. Bunions can also develop due to:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Prior injury
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Flat feet
  • Low arches

You can even have the same issues with the joint in your baby toe — causes, symptoms, and treatments are similar — but it’s called a Tailor’s bunion.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Aside from the visible bony bump, bunions are known for causing an array of issues, ranging from minor to severe. Bunions can lead to:

  • Pain, redness, or inflammation
  • Limited range of motion or movement in the toe
  • Changes in your gait (the way you walk)
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

Plus, because bunions change the way your toes rub up against the insides of your shoes, you’re more prone to developing painful corns or unsightly calluses.

Do I need surgery for a bunion?

Possibly, although before taking the surgery route, Dr. Petkov puts together a treatment plan that consists of conservative measures to see if you get relief. Bunion treatment can include:

  • Custom prescription orthotics
  • Padding, strapping, or taping
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Wide-toed shoes
  • Stretching or physical therapy

After trying bunion therapies for several months to no avail, it might be time to consider bunion surgery. Modern bunion surgery is minimally invasive and involves realigning your toe joint, removing damaged tissue, and repairing connective tissues, if needed.

While bunion surgery requires you to stay off your feet for a few days, it’s the most effective way to correct bunions that are causing severe pain, or are continuing to get worse. The team at Premier Podiatry offers comprehensive pre- and postoperative care if surgery is required.

Schedule your bunion exam at Premier Podiatry today. Request an appointment through the online scheduling feature or over the phone.