If you have a bunion, you know how difficult living with them can be. From making finding shoes that fit a challenge to being too embarrassed to bare your feet to swelling at the end of the day, bunions are a pain.
At Put Your Feet First, we’re dedicated to providing patients in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the surrounding areas with high-quality, comprehensive foot care. Experienced podiatrist, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, understands the desire to say goodbye to bunions.
We also know many people hesitate to have their bunions treated because of a fear of having to stay off your feet for several weeks as you heal. Now there’s a better solution: Lapiplasty.
Read on to learn more the innovative Lapiplasty procedure and how it can get you back on your feet quicker!
What is a bunion?
Bunions are bony bumps or protrusions that develop at the joint at the base of the big toe. This joint is called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP). Bunions are caused by instability at the foundation of the joint. This instability causes the bone to move out of place, creating a bump on the side of your foot.
Your foot’s unique structure, injuries, walking gait, and family history can all play a role in why you may have developed a bunion. You’re most likely to get a bunion if you have one or more of these risk factors and repeatedly wear narrow shoes.
What is Lapiplasty?
Traditional bunion surgery involves cutting away the protrusion of bone. As such, most treatments ignore the underlying root cause of your bunion — the unstable joint — making it likely your bunion will return.
Lapiplasty is a new approach to bunions that addresses the root cause of their growth. Using advanced technology, the metatarsal bone is corrected, restoring proper alignment and naturally removing the bunion and straightening your toe.
Dr. Forman then uses titanium plates to fuse the unstable joint, permanently ensuring the correct position. In other words, Lapiplasty dramatically reduces your risk of getting another bunion.
How does Lapiplasty get me back on my feet quicker?
Traditional bunion surgery required six weeks of staying off your feet after surgery. With Lapiplasty, however, many patients are able to bear weight on their foot in days. What’s more? You don’t have limitations on physical activity or footwear after Lapiplasty, meaning you can get back to living your life sooner.
If you have bunions and want to learn more about the benefits of Lapiplasty, contact our Scottsdale office, or request an appointment online now!