What is a Bunion?

A bunion (also known as Hallux Valgus) is a common foot deformity that is often referred to as a bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions are usually visible at the base of the big toe or at the side of the foot. This condition involves shifting of the bony framework within the front part of the foot. As this is a progressive disorder, the symptoms only get worse with time if not treated.

What are the symptoms of bunion?

Some symptoms include:

  • Pain or soreness at the base of the big toe or inside the foot
  • Inflammation
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Bulging bump on the outside of the big toe joint

What treatment options are available?

Bunions may be treated with or without surgery, depending on the extent of the condition. Although footwear changes solve the problem for certain individuals, some still require a surgical correction if the bunion is too painful to cope with, or when joints no longer can function.

There are several surgical options to correct a bunion. Bringing the big toe back to its correct position may involve realigning bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. It is recommended to consult a Foot and Ankle Specialist to determine if you are a good candidate for a bunion surgery.

Single Incision Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery (New Bunion Treatment)

This minimally invasive method is done by making a tiny incision near the big toe so that bone cutting instruments may be inserted to correct the deformity. With this minimally invasive technique, the incisions are much smaller, less visible thus reducing down time. The technique is often associated with less pain and better wound healing.

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