From the outside, a bunion may simply look like a bony bump. But on the inside, there’s a lot more going on. To truly correct a bunion deformity and get back the ease and comfort you felt before, it’s important to see — and treat! — a bunion for what it really is.
What is a bunion?
Many people think that a bunion is an overgrowth of bone. This can make it seem like shaving off the lump of extra bone would solve the problem. But the “bump” that forms a bunion isn’t additional bone, it’s just bone that is out of place.
A bunion can be caused by a few different things. You may have a medical condition that affects the bones and joints in your feet, such as arthritis. Maybe stress or even physical trauma has caused your big toe joint to become misaligned. A bunion can even be the result of a genetic defect.
No matter what the cause, a bunion forms when the joint of the big toe is weak and the metatarsal rotates and becomes skewed from the other metatarsals. Understanding this is step one to finding a treatment that will correct the root of the problem and fix your bunion in the most effective way possible.
Not all bunion surgeries are created equal
A traditional bunion surgery, called an osteotomy, treats a bunion as a two dimensional problem. In an osteotomy, the metatarsal is cut in half, and the top part of the bone is simply shifted over and then re-anchored to its other half. This will eliminate the “bump,” however, this superficial solution leaves the weak joint that caused the bunion in the first place.
This leaves many patients dissatisfied and in pain after a traditional bunion surgery. Plus, it leaves your foot vulnerable to further problems as a result of the weakened joint.
Good news: There’s a new bunion surgery in town. Lapiplasty® is a bunion surgery that works in all three dimensions. This surgery realigns the entire metatarsal bone, leaving it intact. Instead, to prevent future misalignment, the surgeon will fuse the weak joint with titanium plates. This will ensure the joint’s continued stability and prevent reoccurrence of the bunion deformity.
A bunion might look like just a bump, but this unassuming-looking issue can seriously impact quality of life. Not only can bunions cause pain to the feet, but also to the hip or knee, or even the lower back. Bunions can make it difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably, and many people have insecurity about the appearance of the deformity.
If you’re ready to get to the root of the problem and solve your bunion once and for all, Lapiplasty® is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Contact us to make an appointment and find out if you’re a candidate for this groundbreaking new bunion surgery!