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Treatment Stages for Bunions

If there is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe, it is often referred to as a bunion. Pain and discomfort often accompany a bunion, and it may be difficult to wear shoes that are normally worn. This condition may develop as a result of genetic traits, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Research has indicated that there are phases of successful treatment methods. These can include eliminating the pain by performing specific exercise techniques, in addition to taking anti-inflammatory medicines. Once the pain and discomfort has subsided, it is beneficial to stretch the affected joints and muscles which may help to improve range of motion. For severe bunions, surgery may be required for permanent removal. If you are afflicted with a bunion, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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