Bunions FAQs

When is bunion surgery necessary?

Generally speaking, bunion surgery is never “necessary” in a medical sense—as an elective procedure, you’re always able to make the call about whether or not it’s right for you.

However, surgery is often recommended if pain and discomfort are severe, you’re finding it increasingly difficult to find shoes that fit normally or accomplish daily tasks without pain, and especially if conservative treatment options fail to provide adequate relief. Once a bunion has formed, only surgery can fix the deformity itself, and while we never recommend surgery for cosmetic reasons—if there’s no pain, you shouldn’t have surgery—surgical correction or management is often the best choice when the bunion begins to infringe on your quality of life.

All that being said, this is merely a basic guideline—the decision about whether or not to have surgery must be made in consultation between you and your surgeon. If you’re suffering from bunion pain and wondering what treatments would be best for you, please visit Associates in Podiatry in Princeton or Roselle Park, NJ for professional care. Call 609-924-8333 for Princeton, or 908-687-5757 for Roselle Park.

Can kids get bunions?

It is not uncommon to wonder if kids can get bunions—given the frequent association between bunions and women’s footwear—when you observe the distinctive bump at the base of a child’s big toe, but we can definitively say it is certainly possible for children to develop this particular issue.

Whereas many people think high-heeled shoes like pumps and stilettos are responsible for bunions, they actually are not caused by these kinds of footwear. This misconception makes sense, since these kinds of shoes often have narrow toe boxes which place the toes in an abnormal, uncomfortable position. Additionally, they place excessive pressure on the front of the foot (where bunions develop). That said, shoes can only really exacerbate an existing condition – not cause one in the first place.

The main factor behind bunions are structural and/or biomechanical in nature. (Basically, either natural variances in how a foot is structured or how it moves.) Children can have both structural and biomechanical irregularities, so it is entirely possible for them to develop bunions.

When it comes to pediatric bunions, early intervention is best. This is a progressive condition – one that will worsen over time if left unaddressed. We have options that may be able to halt progression and relieve symptoms for your child.

Bunions can affect individuals of all ages, but this doesn’t mean you or your child has to live with the pain and irritation that often accompanies them. For professional pediatric bunion care or to have any of your podiatric questions answered, simply reach out and contact us by calling (609) 924-8333 to connect with our Princeton office or (908) 687-5757 to connect with our Roselle Park office today.