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 forefoot 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, neuroma formation, and hammertoe formation.
How are bunions corrected?
There are many techniques to correct a bunion. Dr. Walimire utilizes a combination of his 5 favorite procedures to get the best and longest-lasting bunion correction. More recently, he has worked on and perfected the minimally invasive bunion correction techniques of the past, combining them with the advanced instrumentation and techniques of today, to give a new, stable, and less invasive option to his patients who have the ideal deformity for this condition.
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. 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 quickly.
What is the 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 weeks. Those who work desk or seated jobs may return to work after the first week. Those who work physically demanding jobs on their feet would likely require 8 weeks off before returning to full duty work.