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More than half of Americans have bunions, a common deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Besides being unattractive, bunions can cause balance problems, abnormal weight distribution, and arthritis of the joint and chronic pain. Additional problems include hammertoes, corns, calluses, and neuromas. Surgery is the only solution for correcting this progressive misalignment of bones and joints. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude. The skin over it may be red and tender. This can be acquired through time or it can be hereditary (young children can present with bunion deformity at early age).

Wearing any type of shoe may be painful. This joint flexes with every step you take. The bigger your bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Bursitis may set in. Your big toe may angle towards your second toe, or even move all the way under or over it. The skin on the bottom of your foot may become thicker and painful.

Pressure from your big toe may force your second toe out of alignment, sometimes causing it to overlap your third toe. If your bunion gets too severe, it may cause be difficulty in walking. Your pain may become chronic and you may develop arthritis.

Most bunions can be treated conservatively with wider & softer shoes, pads to relieve the pressure and/or medications. If this does not help then surgical treatment is indicated.

Chino Hills Podiatry uses a technique called Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) to correct bunions and performs treatment in an adjacent outpatient surgical facility in Orange, CA. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthetic with the use of a fluoroscope, a medical device that provides a real-time, moving picture “x-ray” of joints and bones. With the use of MIS, there is less tissue damage, no breakage of bone thus reducing known complications, reduced pain, swelling, and more mobility. Not only are patients typically able to stand and walk the day after surgery, but also able to return to work within days and able at carry out most of their normal daily activities. Hospitalization is not necessary.

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