What are Bunions?
A bunion—also called Hallux Valgus—is a bump that appears inside the foot, around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint (near the big toe). This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the big foot. Left untreated, bunions can cause sever pain and even hinder walking abilities.
Bunions are a common problem most women deal with, but men develop them too. Most people develop bunions from wearing poor-fitting shoes—though they can also be passed down genetically as well.
Types of Bunions
Bunions typically develop when the weight of your body falls unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This is usually due to poor-fitting shoes or genetic deformities. The most common types of bunions include:
- Tailors bunion: Also called a bunionette, Tailors bunions occur when the fifth metatarsal bone (smallest toe) starts to expand outward, forming a bony growth near the little toe.
- Acute bunion: This condition causes bony masses to form near the toe joints as a result of bursitis.
- Adolescent bunion: Teenagers may develop a bunion at the vase of his or her big toe. This bunion may cause pain and can get worse over time without treatment.
How is a Bunion Treated?
If left untreated, bunions can become so painful that you might end up walking differently just to relieve the pressure. Because the MTP joint helps bear and distribute bodyweight while standing, bunions can seriously affect the foots ability to function properly.
To treat bunions, your healthcare provider will begin with conservative methods designed to relieve pressure and restore function. The most common conservative approaches to alleviating bunions include:
- Shoe choice: Choose shoes with wide insteps, broad toes and soft soles and avoid shoes that are narrow, tight, or sharply pointed.
- Custom orthotics: In order to relieve pressure from the affected areas, your doctor may recommend custom shoe inserts.
- Forefoot products: Products like a bunion shield, night splint or bunion bandages may be prescribed to treat bunions.
Conservative approaches like these are designed to limit the progression of the bunion, relieve pain, and provide a healthy environment for the foot. In more serious cases, bunion surgery may be recommended. Ask your doctor for more information during your next consultation.
New Lapiplasty® Patient Education Tools
Welcome to the first edition of *Lapiplasty® Insider!* This inaugural edition features *new patient education tools now available for your practice.
In addition to an intensive surgeon training schedule, a key initiative for our company this year is to provide resources to help educate your patients on the Lapiplasty® three-dimensional correction procedure. With this in mind, *we have developed three helpful patient education tools: an educational video, a trifold brochure and a “Patients” tab on our website.
1 – Lapiplasty® Patient Education Video
This animated video explains the nature of the bunion deformity and the benefits of 3D correction using straightforward analogies. A great tool to post on your Facebook page (you can copy and paste this link: https://vimeo.com/199272477) or practice website, as well as on iPads to show patients before you consult them regarding the Lapiplasty® Procedure.
2 – Lapiplasty® Patient Education Brochure
This is a great tool to use in your clinics to explain the Lapiplasty® Procedure to patients and to distribute to primary care physicians to help educate them as well. These brochures are printed and available for you, with a blank section to place a label with your practice information. Please contact your local sales representative or Josh Register ([email protected]) to request them.
3 – “Patients” Page on Lapiplasty.com
Go to Lapiplasty.com/Patients
The “Patients” page on our website offers educational information on the Lapiplasty® Procedure and includes a “Find a Surgeon” feature so patients can find Lapiplasty® surgeons in their area. Please contact Josh Register ([email protected]) if you are trained and not on the surgeon locator.
If you would like to integrate any of these tools into your websites, please contact Josh Register ([email protected]) and we can assist with that process as well.
Featured Lapiplasty® Case
16 year old female with a large frontal-plane rotational deformity (note:lateral rounding of metatarsal head and sesamoid position on AP; metatarsal pronation without sesamoid subluxation on axial view) addressed with the Lapiplasty® Procedure (5 mo follow up).