Do All Bunions Require Surgery?
No, not necessarily. But if you want to prevent surgery, or at least delay it as long as you possibly can, it’s essential that you seek treatment as early as possible. This means before you even start to notice any painful symptoms or difficulties wearing shoes.
In these early stages, we can often use conservative therapies like taping, splinting, physical therapy, shoe changes, and custom orthotics to keep your feet comfortable and allow you to continue your regular activities unimpeded.
However, once the bunion starts to cause daily pain or keeps you from participating in activities you used to enjoy, surgery is usually inevitable. However, it’s not all bad news, because our office specializes in a sophisticated form of bunion surgery that offers much faster recovery and better long-term results than conventional approaches!
Introducing Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction
This is a revolutionary new way to treat bunions that offers much faster practical recovery, significantly improved anatomical correction, and significantly reduced long-term risk of bunion recurrence when compared to traditional forms of bunion surgery.
In a conventional bunion osteotomy, the surgeon cuts the metatarsal bone, shifts the front half over, and shaves down the bump. The result is a foot that looks “normal” on the outside, but it’s not a true fix. Under the skin, the bone is still crooked and the fundamental instability that caused the bunion in the first place remains.
With Lapiplasty, we use a specialized tool to fully rotate and realign the metatarsal back into the proper anatomical position before any cuts are made to the bone. Then, innovative low-profile titanium plates are inserted to stabilize the joint between the metatarsal and tarsal bones—which is the root cause of most bunions.
This means that a bunion treated with Lapiplasty doesn’t just “look” correct from the outside. It is corrected, inside and out, with the root cause also taken care of.
The benefits of this approach are huge:
- Much faster return to weight-bearing—usually within a few days of the procedure.
- Much lower risk of recurrence—by some studies, your risk of re-developing a bunion after Lapiplasty is 12 times lower than after a conventional bunion osteotomy.
The Best Time to Treat a Bunion Is Always Right Now
Whether your bunion has just started to form, or it’s been with you for years, there is no reason to delay seeking our help. From conservative management strategies to a reliable long-term surgical fix, we can provide exactly the care you need to eliminate your discomfort and ensure the long-term health and function of your feet!