Bunions are bumps on the side of the foot near the big toe joints. They are common and often painful foot problems. Bunions tend to run in the family (so you can blame mom, dad, grandma or grandpa for that bump). They are caused from the first metatarsal (the bones right behind your toes) of the foot being unstable. As it drifts inward causing the “bunion”, the first toe angles toward the second toe. This instability leads to the bump becoming more painful over time or can lead to arthritis in the big toe joint due to malalignment.
If bunions are treated early, their progression may be slowed with conservative measures. But, if they are enlarged, painful, limiting shoe wear or activities then there are surgical options to treat the problem. Traditionally surgery only corrects a bunion deformity in 2 anatomic planes, which made the bunions likely to reform. Traditional surgery to treat the root cause of the problem often requires 6-8 weeks of non weight bearing recovery. Fortunately, there is a new technique to treat bunions called Lapiplasty. Lapiplasty, corrects the bunion in all 3 anatomic planes at the root of the unstable metatarsal. This greatly decreases the chance of recurrence. The Lapiplasty technique and instrumentation used to fix the deformity, allows for protected weight bearing in about 3 days! This allows for greater independence in the postoperative recovery period.
The surgeons of Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC are the only ones in South Georgia trained to perform this revolutionary new procedure for bunions. If you or a loved one, have been suffering from bunion pain, please call one of our offices to schedule an appointment. We have 18 locations across South Georgia and Coastal South Carolina.