Bunion Surgery Performed by Orange County Podiatrists & Foot Specialists
Bunionectomy is the surgical procedure for removing a bunion, or the enlargement
of bone and soft tissue that develops on the joint connecting the base
of the big toe to the foot. Bunions (hallux valgus) are common malalignments
that can be caused by hereditary factors or, most often, wearing shoes
that constrict the toes, including high heels. People with bunions commonly
experience inflammation, tenderness, and pain, especially when wearing
shoes, which can inhibit their ability to bear weight, walk without pain,
and engage in an active lifestyle.
Treatment for bunions typically begins with non-surgical management, including
shoe modifications, custom insoles, or orthotics that relieve pressure
from soreness and irritation, and splints that can be worn at night to
provide relief from painful symptoms. However, when bunions become progressively
worse, cause chronic pain with or without shoes, result in deformity of
toes, and significantly limit a person’s ability to walk and remain
active, surgery may be recommended.
Surgical Approaches to Treat Bunions
Because conservative and non-surgical management of bunions treat symptoms
rather than the underlying malalignment, surgery may be necessary to correct
the issue, restore proper positioning of the toe and other deformities
of the foot, relieve pain, and restore function and activity.
Surgical treatment of bunions, referred to as a bunionectomy, can involve
various procedures, but generally focus on realigning bones and modifying
soft tissues to restore proper alignment. This may include removing part
of the metatarsal head or the end of the first metatarsal bone that connects
to the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). While performing
the procedure, surgeons may also reshape or reposition the metatarsal
bones and big toe to realign the metatarsophalangeal joint, realign ligaments
around the joint, or perform fusion (arthrodesis) of the joint or metatarsal
bones. Small screws, plates, or wires may be used to stabilize the bones
as they heal.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute is now offering a breakthrough
minimally invasive bunionectomy procedure called PROstep™. This new procedure gets you back on your
feet quicker than traditional open surgical procedures due to smaller
incisions and less time in the operating room.
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is the only orthopedic surgeon in Southern California trained to perform
this new minimally invasive bunion correction.
Through advancements in surgical techniques and technology, bunion surgery
has become a common procedure. However, approaches must be tailored specifically
to address the variance in shapes and sizes of bunions, as well as the
presence of malalignment and other conditions affecting the foot or toes.
The typical recovery period for bunion surgery is between 6 weeks to 6
months, depending the severity of the deformity or surgical treatment
performed. Activity restriction and casts, braces, splints, or orthotics
may be used to protect the foot and toe as it heals. Physical therapy
to gradually stretch, strengthen, and restore function may also be used
as part of a comprehensive recovery.
Committed to Helping Patients Return to an Active & Healthy Life
The foot is a critical to enabling movement we perform in a range of daily
activities, sports, and hobbies, which is why foot conditions can significantly
impact one’s quality of life. At Hoag Orthopedic Institute, we are
committed to helping patients find the relief they need and return them
to an active life through personalized care provided by a podiatrist,
foot specialist or our team of orthopedic certified, nurses, technicians,
and physical therapists that harnesses the power of advanced technology
and innovative techniques.
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