Get Treatment for Your Painful Bunions in Mercer County 

Wearing shoes that are too tight can do more than make your feet sore at the end of the day. In fact, bunions are one of the most common problems caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. The condition itself is a bone deformity that causes your big toe to curve inward toward your other toes, and the joint at the base of the big toe becomes enlarged, jutting out from the side. The protruding joint can rub against your shoe when you walk, causing painful inflammation and chafing.

Bunions - Lawrenceville, NJ - Donna Barresse DPM

Foot doctor Donna Barrese of East Windsor Lawrenceville Foot & Ankle offers some of the best bunion treatment Mercer County has to offer that will help you get the relief you need. If you are experiencing bunion pain, Dr. Barrese may be able to help you by prescribing special orthotics for your shoes, providing protective padding to eliminate chafing, providing a splint for nighttime wear, or prescribing special foot exercises. If those measures do not help, corrective surgery may be necessary.

We proudly offer our services to East Windsor, Lawrenceville, Mercer County, Ewing Township, Skillman, Princeton, and Trenton, New Jersey. Call our office today to learn how Dr. Barrese and her staff may be able to help you get the treatment you need for your bunions.

Treatment for Bunions

Because they are bone deformities, bunions do not resolve by themselves. The goal for bunion treatment is twofold: first, to relieve the pressure and pain caused by irritations, and second to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement. Commonly used methods for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions include:

  • Protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
  • Changing to carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.
  • Orthotic devices—both over-the-counter and custom made—to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly. This is often recommended for adolescents with bunions, because their bone development may still be adaptable.

Surgical Treatment

Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe.