What is a bunion?

The big toe is made up of two joints and a bunion forms when the enlarged joint becomes inflamed due to misalignment of the bones surrounding the joints. The ‘bump’ associated with bunions forms on the joint at the base of your big toe as your bones move out of place.

In most cases, patients find relief without surgery. Though this will not remove the bunion, it can help keep it from worsening as well as reduce pain and inflammation.

However, sometimes these types of treatments are not enough to alleviate your symptoms and surgery may be required. Surgery is recommended as the last form of treatment as it realigns bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves to treat your bunion. Though the procedure may be done on the same day without a hospital stay, the road to recovery is long, so your decision for surgery should not be taken lightly.

For the most part, bunions require no medical treatment. However, if you are experiencing one or more of the following, a podiatrist can help alleviate your symptoms:

  • Persistent big toe or foot pain
  • A visible bump on your big toe joint
  • Decreased movement of your big toe or foot
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly
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Why get Lapiplasty® Surgery

From lapiplasty.com:

While traditional 2D osteotomy surgery merely cuts & shifts the bone to address the cosmetic bump, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ corrects the entire bone in 3D and secures the unstable foundation to get you back on your feet quickly in a walking boot. The Lapiplasty® Procedure has also shown low recurrence; 97% and 99% maintain 3D correction in 13 and 17 months respectively.

Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

  • Returns entire bone to normal alignment, a 3D correction
  • Secures the root cause, an unstable joint
  • Get back on your feet quickly, many cases within two weeks

  • Unnaturally cuts & shifts bone, only a 2D correction
  • Addresses cosmetic “bump” only; not the root cause
  • Keep completely off your feet for up to 6-8 weeks

If you have more questions about Lapiplasty surgery or want to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (503) 255-8100.

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