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Bunions Disrupt Patient's Lives

For many people, standing, walking, or running can be extremely painful in and around the big toe. Bunions are a common cause of this pain. A bunion looks like a bony bump on the inside of the foot at the big toe. But in reality, the bump forms when pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to get bigger and stick out. A bunion is a progressive disorder in which the deformity gradually increases and the big toe joint may become stiff and painful.

How Do You Fix a Bunion?

The treatment for bunions begins with conservative measures aimed at reducing pain and slowing down the progression of the bunion. Oftentimes, changes in footwear, orthotics, padding, icing and/or pain relievers can minimize your discomfort, but it won't fix the bunion.

If conservative treatment doesn't ease the pain and your bunion is disrupting your lifestyle, then it is time to look at surgical options. Usually, bunion surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure without a hospital stay, minimizing your time away from home.

Minimally Invasive Surgery is an Option!

For mild or moderate bunions, the miniBunion™ is a new surgical option that is providing patients with a rapid return to real life. The miniBunion™ procedure is a minimally invasive technique for implanting a micro-implant. The procedure involves making a small incision less than one-inch on the side of the foot. During the procedure, the bones are realigned, the micro-implant is inserted, and the incision is closed.

Compared to traditional procedures, patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures, like the miniBunion™, have an earlier return to activities, reduced pain and swelling, significantly smaller scar, and a faster return to walking.

Schedule and appointment with Dr. Barko to discover more about miniBunion™ Surgery today!