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Offering FDA-Approved Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is the only physician in California offering PROstep™ MICA™

PROstep™ Minimally Invasive Surgery is a breakthrough foot surgery to treat chronic foot pain, such as bunions, with less post-operative downtime getting you back on your feet quicker than traditional surgery.

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan is the only orthopedic surgeon in Southern California trained to perform this new minimally invasive bunionectomy procedure. This minimally invasive bunion correction surgery is offered at our outpatient surgery center, Main Street Surgery Center in Orange.

Benefits of Choosing PROstep™ for Your Bunionectomy

Less Pain

There is significantly less pain in a PROstep™ MICA™ procedure compared to open procedures.¹

Smaller Incisions

3mm incisions allow for percutaneous osteotomies, reducing post op scars.²

Shorter Recovery Times

Shorter time in the Operating Room (OR), shorter scar length, quicker recovery, and an overall higher patient satisfaction.²

¹ Data comparing early post-op AOFAS scores. Lee M, Walsh J, Smith MM, Ling J, Wines A, Lam P. Hallux Valgus correction comparing percutaneous Chevron/Akin (PECA) and open scarf/Akin osteotomies. Foot Ankle Intl 2017; 38:
² Lam P, Lee M, Zing J, DiNallo M. Percutaneous surgery for mild to moderate hallux valgus. Foot Clin N am 2016; 459-477.

What are bunions?

What is a bunion - hallux valgus?

A bunion, also known as a hallux valgus, occurs when a bony bump forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This can happen when your big toe pushes towards the little toe. The second toe lying next to it often takes on a deformed shape. Bunions are often caused by an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or other medical conditions, such as arthritis. However, wearing tight, narrow shoes can either cause them or worsen a bunion. Smaller bunions, called bunionettes, can also develop on the joint of your little toe.

Common Symptoms of a Bunion - Hallux Valgus

  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
  • Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint
  • Corns or calluses - these often develop where the first and second toes overlap
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Restricted movement of your big toe if arthritis affects the toe

When should I consider foot surgery?

After a certain amount of time, a bunion can develop into more than just a cosmetic problem. It can become painful and lead to other symptoms involving the leg. If conservative, non-surgical remedies such as wearing appropriate shoes, inserts, suitable cushioning of the bunion and therapy do not resolve the foot pain, then surgery may be deemed necessary.

When should I see a foot specialist?

Although bunions often require no medical treatment, see a foot specialist (podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating foot problems) if you have:

  • Persistent big toe or foot pain
  • A visible bump on your big toe joint
  • Decreased movement of your big toe or foot
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly because of a bunion
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