If you have bunions, you know how painful they can be. Each time you step down, you place your entire body weight on the bunion. Forget being able to wear fashionable shoes or go running. While many people believe an unstable joint causes bunions, there’s much more to it than that. Finding relief so you can get back to your everyday life is crucial.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions can have many different causes. However, they always happen because the big toe has been pushed out of its normal alignment.
Improperly fitting shoes often contribute to bunions because they don’t support balanced weight-bearing when walking. In addition, people with certain inflammatory diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis) are more prone to bunions. Some evidence suggests the condition may be hereditary or run in families.
Symptoms of Bunions
Bunion’s symptoms primarily include a bump on the side of the foot and pain when walking or standing for long periods. However, some patients may find they can’t bend their toes. When they can, it may cause pain or numbness.
Thickened skin in the form of corns or calluses on the feet could also be a symptom of bunions. In addition, some bunion patients experience difficulty with normal shoe wear before a noticeable bump occurs.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction
Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction is a more advanced fixation technology than traditional bunion surgery. It doesn’t just remove the bunion but fixes the root cause of the problem. This revolutionary alternative to conventional surgery addresses the complex deformities caused by bunions in three different dimensions.
Even better? Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction allows patients to walk again within only days of their surgery. With traditional surgery, weight-bearing activities like walking can often take 6 weeks or more.
In many cases, this can be an outpatient procedure. However, complex deformities may require additional attention and an overnight stay in the hospital. In either case, the once-unstable foundation will become stable once more with anatomically shaped titanium plates.
Traditional Surgery Is an Imperfect Solution
Traditional surgery works by cutting off the deviated bone and pushing the top part over. This alleviates most of the associated pain and fixes the appearance of the bunion. However, this type of bunion surgery is an imperfect treatment option because it does nothing for the actual cause.
When the root cause isn’t addressed, the chances are high that bunions will come back to some degree in the future. This causes another round of bunion medical treatment to be needed, which can repeat for a person’s entire lifetime.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction Is a Permanent Solution
Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction doesn’t cut the bone but instead rotates the entire deviated bone back to its normal anatomical position. This helps with naturally straightening your toe, so the bump creating the bunion disappears and you have the appearance of normal feet once more. You can bear weight on your foot without pain.
Since the foot’s foundation is unstable, innovative titanium plating technology is used to permanently secure it. This solves the root issue of bunions. During the healing process, no cast is required. Without a cast, movement remains free, and you stay much more comfortable.
Benefits of Choosing Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction vs Traditional Bunion Surgery
There are numerous benefits to choosing Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction over traditional bunion surgery, but two stand out the most: healing time and permanency.
Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction allows most patients to walk six to eight weeks faster than traditional surgery. Decreased healing time improves your quality of life and could potentially cause fewer financial issues. Those with jobs requiring them to stand or walk often will be able to get back to work faster, while those whose duties allow them to sit most of the day can return in days.
Permanency of Solution
Since Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction solves the root issue of bunions, it provides a significantly more permanent solution for unstable joints than traditional options. Advanced fixation technology ensures stability and helps prevent the bump from returning.
What To Expect From the Healing Process
Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction allows patients to start weight-bearing activities early on with the assistance of a surgical boot. Using a surgical boot instead of a cast provides more comfort and freedom of movement during the healing process.
Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort, which will be worst directly following the Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction procedure. Discomfort should ease as time passes, and most patients can return to normal activities quickly.
Tips for an Easier Recovery Process
Once the surgical boot is gone, it’s highly recommended you support your recovery process by wearing comfortable shoes. Well-fitting tennis shoes are an excellent choice to help you continue healing from your bunion problem.
Initially, when the entire body weight rests on the affected foot, it may be painful or uncomfortable. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used according to the bottle’s instructions when necessary. You may be given other advice or medications from your doctor.
Are There Any Risks Associated With This Procedure?
Although solving the unstable joint through Lapiplasty is generally safe, it is surgery, and there are risks associated with all surgical procedures.
The most common risks include:
- Infection at the incision site
- Adverse reactions to a foreign body, including rejection, migration or loosening of the implant
- Damage to the implant
- Abnormal sensations or pain around the implant
- Bone density decrease
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia used
Most people recover from Lapiplasty without issues. However, if you’re concerned about the procedure’s potential risks, you should speak with your doctor about them.
Who Is a Candidate for Lapiplasty?
Most healthy adults are candidates for this patented treatment option. However, there are a few situations where Lapiplasty may not be the right choice for you.
For example, you may not be a candidate for this bunion correction procedure if you’re under the age of 12 or have an active infection. Patients with other preexisting health conditions may also not be candidates for Lapiplasty.
Lapiplasty Treatment in Southern California
If you are suffering from bunions and are looking for a treatment that can provide you with relief, you may want to consider Lapiplasty. This minimally invasive surgery is performed by podiatrists at Align Foot & Ankle Center, and can help relieve the pain you’re feeling.
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"I've always believed in exhausting conservative treatment over surgery. Over the years in practice, I've kept many people out of the operating room. Even then, the patients who have been taken to surgery are extremely pleased with their results. I will do all I can to get you moving again...without pain or discomfort!"
Dr. Hai-En Peng