Do You Have Bunions?

A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a hard bony bump that forms on the joint of the big toe. They are formed when there is stress on the joint, from things like, tight shoes, stress on the foot, or even arthritis. When there is constant stress on the joint, the deformity gradually increases over time and causes the joint to become stiff and painful.

There are both non-surgical and surgical options when it comes to treating bunions. The conservative option is aimed more for slowing the progression and easing the patient’s pain. This includes things like changing your footwear, orthotics, and icing to alleviate the pain. If these options don’t work for you then there are always surgical options.

With today’s technology bunion surgery can now be performed with a minimally invasive technique. It is normally done as an outpatient surgery with no overnight stay at the hospital and is typically covered by one’s insurance policy.

How It’s Done:

  1. A small incision is made on the side of the foot near the big toe joint measuring less than 1 inch
  2. The toe is then realigned with a bone cut or osteotomy, and the implant is inserted to maintain the correction
  3. The incision is then closed with sutures
  4. When the incision is healed the stitches are removed and you are left with a smaller scar than a normal bunionectomy

Because this does not require extensive soft tissue dissection, the recovery period is shorter and range of motion is preserved, lessening the need for post op physical therapy.

If you have any questions or are interested in a minimally invasive bunionectomy, please contact our office at (248)348-5300 to set up an appointment with one of our physicians.

Associated Podiatrists PC

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