Bunion Correction Surgery

bunion correction surgery

What is a bunion?

A bunion (also known as a hallux valgus) forms on the joint at the base of your big toe when the skeletal structure of your foot causes your big toe to lean toward the second toe rather than pointing straight ahead.

 

While this is often an issue that begins with an internal faulty structure in the foot, it is often made progressively worse by numerous other factors related to a patient’s lifestyle and footwear choices. Genetics also play into the development of bunions as well, as foot type is hereditary—those with flat feet and low arches often have a higher instance of bunion occurrence.

What causes bunions?

The continual wear of improper or ill-fitting footwear, such as narrow, pointed-toe shoes or high heels can speed the progression of bunion development. Bunions also often develop in individuals whose occupation requires a lot of standing, walking, and repetitive stress. Women are ten times more likely than men to develop bunions.

 

Typically, a bunion is easily visible as a pronounced bump on the side of the big toe. Patients may experience any combination of the following: pain, soreness, inflammation, redness, a burning sensation, or numbness on or around the bunion. Any shoe that crowds the toes or pushes your weight onto the ball of your foot will often aggravate those symptoms considerably.

bunion correction surgery with dr. thomas mcdonald
This minimally invasive technique is designed to eliminate the painful bunion bump and return your toe to a normal position. During the procedure, Dr. McDonald makes series of three small incisions to correct the deformity. The incisions are just a few millimeters long compared to three- to five-inch incisions used in traditional open bunion surgery. Dr. McDonald performs the surgery under image guidance, which allows him to have “eyes inside” the foot. Because of its minimally invasive nature, recovery time is typically quicker than traditional bunion surgery.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Depending on your condition, Dr. McDonald may first suggest conservative methods to alleviate symptoms. Not all bunions require or indicate the need for surgery. He can assess whether your specific situation would necessitate surgery after methods such as changes in shoe wear, anti-inflammatory medication, icing, injection therapy, padding, and/or orthotic devices have been unsuccessful in attaining long-term symptom relief.

Surgical Treatment

If your bunion has progressed to the point where you have difficulty walking or experience pain despite changing shoes, you may be a candidate for bunion correction surgery. Bunion correction surgery realigns bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves so your big toe can be brought back to its correct position.

Dr. McDonald is an expert in two of the most advanced 3D bunion correction techniques:

Lapiplasty® Bunion Correction

While traditional 2D osteotomy surgery merely cuts and shifts the bone to address the bunion bump, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ corrects the entire bone in 3D and secures the unstable foundation. The Lapiplasty procedure not only returns the entire bone to normal alignment but secures the root cause – an unstable joint.  

bunion correction surgery with dr. thomas mcdonald
MINIMALLY INVASIVE Surgery

This minimally invasive technique is designed to eliminate the painful bunion bump and return your toe to a normal position. During this technique, Dr. McDonald makes series of three small incisions to correct the deformity. Because it is minimally invasive, recovery time is typically quicker than traditional bunion surgery.

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