Thanks to the revolutionary work and dedicated research of Dr. Matthew D. Sorensen, traditional bunion surgery is making way for the outstanding, state-of-the-art bunion treatment surgery called lapiplasty.
Older bunion surgical methods simply treat the bunion symptom – removing the “bump” that appears near the big toe without addressing the reason that the bunion formed in the first place. Lapiplasty, on the other hand, can address both the symptom AND the cause of your bunion. This provides long-term pain relief and improved mobility, and it eliminates the possibility that your bunion can reappear in the future.
A bunion (Hallux Valgus) looks like a large bump on the side of your foot near your big toe. The bump is caused because the bone in that part of your foot has gotten out of alignment and is pushing out to the side. Bunions can be very painful as they get worse, and they can make it impossible to wear certain types of shoes comfortably.
The only way to treat a bunion is through surgery, although steps can be taken to keep an existing bunion from getting worse.
Traditional bunion surgery typically addresses the main symptom of a bunion – the “bump.” It does this by shaving off the part of the bone in your foot that is causing the bump to appear. Although this method can reduce discomfort by improving your ability to fit your foot comfortably into your shoes again, it does not treat the underlying cause for the bunion formation – the unstable joint that allowed your bone to get out of alignment in the first place. This means that your bunion can reoccur as the joint continues to weaken and the bone shifts further out of place.
Over a third of patients continue to complain of problems with foot pain, foot appearance, or foot function after completing traditional bunion surgery.
With lapiplasty, on the other hand, none of your bone is cut or shaved away. Instead, the entire metatarsal bone is gently moved back into its correct position, and the unstable joint is then reinforced with stabilizing titanium plates. In short, your foot is restored to its healthy, functional state. The bump disappears, and your bunion cannot reform.
Recovery from lapiplasty surgery is surprisingly fast. Because of the advanced technology used to stabilize the toe joint, some patients can put weight on their foot as soon as a few days after surgery. In general, weight-bearing function returns to the foot within 2 or 3 weeks after surgery, although this can vary based on a patient’s age, weight, and other factors.
Lapiplasty patients can typically return to unrestricted activities – including sports! – within 3-4 months of the procedure. In addition, since lapiplasty seeks to restore your foot to its original shape and function, you should also be able to wear any footwear you like without pain (unless, of course, your choice of footwear would cause pain even to healthy feet!)
Please call our Chicago podiatry office at 847.390.7666 if you have any additional questions about Dr. Sorensen’s lapiplasty treatment for bunions, and we will be happy to provide you with all the information that you may need. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sorensen to discuss whether you would be a strong candidate for lapiplasty to treat your bunion, give our office a call or click here to use our convenient online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!