What is a bunion?

A bunion is a deformity of the first toe in which instability at the midfoot allows the first metatarsal to shift out of position, causing the classic large bony prominence on the inside of the foot just behind the great toe. The great toe also rotates and shifts toward the other toes. Bunions may cause other problems as well, such as ball of the foot pain, neuromas, and hammer toes.

How are bunions corrected?

There are over 100 different procedures to correct a bunion. Dr. Walimire utilizes a combination of his 5 favorite procedures to get the best and longest-lasting bunion correction. Dr. Walimire has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive bunion correction, and he combines those techniques with the advanced instrumentation of today to give a new, stable, and less invasive option to his patients who have the ideal deformity for this condition. These techniques take a considerable amount of practice and experience, so one should not allow inexperienced surgeons to perform these new techniques and procedures.

What are the advantages of a minimally invasive bunionectomy?

Small incisions require very little dissection and leave smaller scars, which is better for post-operative pain levels and ensures the joint does not get stiff after healing. It also protects the bone’s blood supply, so the healing time can be considerably less than that of a traditional bunionectomy. This allows patients to get back on their feet much faster and back to a normal life more quickly. The final and most important advantage is that the orientation of the bone cut allows for 3D correction. Traditional bunion surgery is only able to correct the condition in 2D. This helps to reduce the risk of bunion recurrence.

What is recovery like?

The procedure typically allows patients to walk protected in a boot or stiff shoe immediately after surgery. They can then transition back to normal shoes or sandals as soon as their swelling allows. Most patients are back to full activity levels within 6-8 weeks after their procedure. Significantly reduced walking activity is expected for the first 6-8 weeks as the bone heals.