A bunion is the movement of the great toe toward the second toe with a "bump on the bone" appearing on the inside of the foot. Most people believe that shoes cause bunions. Shoes do not cause bunions but may hasten their appearance at an earlier age.
Approximately 90% of bunion deformities are inherited. Normally, a bunion deformity is a progressive problem. The longer it exists, the more the great toe moves toward the second toe and the larger the bump becomes.
Besides being unattractive, bunions, if left untreated, can cause hammertoes, corns, calluses, arthritis of the joint and chronic discomfort.
Comparison of minimally invasive surgery to traditional open bunion surgery
While someone is saying it can't be done, someone else is doing it.
At California Foot & Ankle Institute, a technique called Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is used to correct bunions in an outpatient ambulatory surgical center. The procedures are done with a local anesthetic and light sedation. The doctor makes several small openings in the skin and utilizes an instrument called a fluoroscope to assist in performing the surgery. In this manner, pain is usually kept to a minimum, few stitches are required and the patient can walk out of the ambulatory surgical center after the procedure is completed. Our patients usually return to work within a few days and hospitalization is not necessary.
California Foot & Ankle Institute offers surgical as well as non-surgical foot care services in the same convenient location, providing comprehensive podiatry services for every member of your family.
The philosophy at California Foot & Ankle Institute is that Podiatric medicine should be available to the greatest number of people in order to keep the public walking pain-free. Being able to walk without pain and discomfort is widely accepted as being beneficial to everyone's health. It is particularly beneficial to the cardiovascular system, thereby extending longevity.
By using the newest and latest technology, we ensure that our patients have the most comfortable and rapid recovery possible. As a result, many of our patients are able to return to work within a few days.