Bunions / Lapiplasty

What are Bunions?

A bunion, medically known as hallux valgus, is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe joint. It occurs when the big toe begins to lean toward the second toe, causing the joint to stick out and become enlarged. Over time, bunions can lead to discomfort, pain, and difficulty walking. They are often caused by genetics, improper footwear, or foot stress. Understanding the nature of bunions and seeking early treatment can help prevent further complications and maintain foot health.

5 Common Symptoms of Bunions

  • Protruding bump on the outside edge of the foot
  • Redness, swelling, or soreness around the big toe joint
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Restricted movement of the big toe
  • Corns or calluses where the first and second toes overlap

What are Effective Treatments for Bunions?

Effective treatment for bunions aims to alleviate pain and correct the deformity to improve foot function. The approach depends on the severity of the bunion and the individual’s lifestyle and may range from conservative methods to surgical intervention.

Lapiplasty may be recommended if you have a bunion that causes significant discomfort or pain and has not responded well to non-surgical treatments such as orthotics or footwear adjustments.

Lapiplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct the 3D alignment of the bones in the foot, particularly to treat bunions. Unlike traditional bunion surgery that may only address the cosmetic appearance or 2D alignment, lapiplasty aims to correct the root cause of the bunion by realigning and stabilizing the bones in all three dimensions. This method is intended to provide a more lasting solution with a lower chance of recurrence, and it often involves the use of specialized medical plates or hardware to secure the bones in their correct positions.

This procedure is particularly considered when a bunion results in significant deformity, instability, or when there’s a desire to correct the triplane deformity of the foot to prevent recurrence. It’s best to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery to determine if lapiplasty is the appropriate course of action for your specific condition.

Bunions don’t have to disrupt your life or limit your mobility. At Ankle and Foot Sports Medicine Institute, we specialize in comprehensive bunion care, from conservative treatments to advanced surgical options. Our team is dedicated to providing relief from bunion pain and correcting the deformity to enhance your overall foot health. If you’re suffering from a bunion or experiencing discomfort in your big toe, request an appointment with us. Let’s work together to find the best solution for your feet and get you back to your favorite activities with comfort and confidence.