Don’t Ignore Your Bunion

Are you dismissing the new — or old — bump on the side of your big toe joint? What you see is most likely a bunion, a type of progressive toe deformity. To your surprise, it may not be causing pain. We encourage you, however, to visit a podiatrist regardless of how your toe feels at the time. A bunion is a toe deformity because the bones in the big toe joint are out of alignment. The misalignment will only continue to worsen. If you consider ignoring this condition, listed below are three reasons to reconsider.

Pain May Be Persistent

While some patients aren’t bothered by this condition, others may have a different story. Bunions can become very painful, especially if they are rigid. In the early stages of progression, this type of deformity can be flexible. During this phase, the greatest opportunity is to make improvements without considering surgery.

Other Toes May Be Impacted

The growing size of a bunion can impact the surrounding toes. They, too, can become misaligned. We want to help you prevent the impact on other toes. It is best to monitor the alignment and take steps to prevent it from worsening.

Calluses Can Grow

As your bunion grows, you can guarantee it is rubbing against the inside of your shoe. This friction is the top cause of a callus, a spot of thickened skin. It is your body’s defense against exposure to too much friction. If you aren’t paying attention, your bunion can bring on many other problems.

Step By Step Family Foot Care is here to assist you with your podiatry needs! To make an appointment with Dr. Debra Manheim, call us at (973) 917-3785 or visit our site to schedule an appointment. The staff at our Parsippany office is ready and eager to help.

Have You Been Neglecting Your Bunions?


According to Dr. Debra B. Manheim of Step by Step Family Foot Care, Bunions are painful bumps at the base of the big toes that tend to worsen if they are left untreated. The condition is characterized by the bending of the big toe towards the smaller toes. If ignored, it can be a source of great pain and can cause temporary immobility.

Although usually hereditary, bunions can be caused by several reasons such as ill-fitted footwear, extra high heels and more. Usually, non-surgical treatments like using custom orthotics, wearing shoes with a wider toe-box, avoiding high heels and the like, can fix the issue.

However, in some cases, surgical procedures may be required to remove the deformity. It is best to get your feet examined thoroughly and get proper treatment according to the severity. Even surgical procedures differ depending on the condition of the bunion. Usually, surgery involves severing the protruding lump and relocating the bones of the toes to the right position.

If you notice any of the following, don’t delay and get your appointment scheduled right away:

  • You feel your shoes don’t fit you or they hurt the joint of your big toe
  • Your toes are pushing against each other more and more
  • Your ability to walk around and perform daily chores is being affected due to pain
  • You are unable to find comfortable shoes in general

Why should you suffer and compromise on the health of your feet? Quality of life tends to downgrade when your feet are in pain or are unable to function properly.

Feel free to consult with our experts and discuss the nature of your foot condition. With the latest technology and vast experience, our team will guide you through recovery and relieve your feet from pain. Visit our office in Parsippany, NJ or contact us at (973) 917-3785 to schedule a convenient appointment. For more information on podiatry related problems, you can browse through our patient education library and blog section.