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Bunions

Our Award Winning Foot Doctors Can Help With Your Bonion Treatment

Bunions are due primarily to genetic factors, but can become painful over time due to trauma, ill-fitting shoes and poor foot structure.

 

The bone connected to the big toe starts to drift outward pushing the big toe sideways into the other toes which can also lead to painful hammertoes, corns & calluses. Untreated bunions not only can become painful, but can become progressively worse.

 

Wider shoes, padding & custom orthotics may slow down this progression, surgery is the only way to correct the bunion deformity. For many people with bunions, surgery is an appropriate option when non-surgical treatments have failed to provide adequate pain relief.

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The goal of bunion surgery (bunionectomy): reduce pain, improve function and decrease deformity to enable the patient to resume normal activities.

Repair of the Tendons & Ligaments Around the Big Toe

  • These tissues may be too tight on one side and too loose on the other, creating an imbalance that causes the big toe to drift toward the others. Often combined with an osteotomy, this procedure shortens the loose tissues and lengthens the tight ones.

Arthrodesis

  • Removal of the damaged joint surfaces, followed by the insertion of screws, wires, or plates to hold the surfaces together until it heals. Used for patients with severe bunions, severe arthritis, and when other procedures have failed.

Exostectomy

  • Removal of the bump on the toe joint; used only for an enlargement of the bone with no drifting of the big toe. This procedure is seldom used because it rarely corrects the cause of the bunion.

Resection Arthroplasty

  • Removal of the damaged portion of the joint, used mainly for patients who are older, have had previous bunion surgery, or have severe arthritis. This creates a flexible “scar” joint.

Osteotomy

  • The surgical cutting and realignment of the joint. Your surgeon will choose the procedure best suited to your condition.