Bunions, those bony bumps at the base of the big toe, can be painful and disrupt a person’s daily living - even making walking painful. How do you know if you have bunions?
- Protruding bump on the outside of big toe
- Pain, swelling, and soreness of the big toe
- Limited movement of the big toe
There are different ways to treat bunions. One of the newest surgical treatments is called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction®. Podiatric surgeons with Northern Light Podiatry in Pittsfield and Waterville are using the new minimal incision technique.
“I am very excited about Lapiplasty® to help correct my patients’ bunion pain and deformity,” says Dr. Ashley Mychak, DPM, podiatric surgeon with Northern Light Podiatry in Waterville and Pittsfield. She explains, “It offers a 3D correction of the bunion at the root of the problem which is an unstable joint in the midfoot. In my experience, addressing the bunion where the deformity occurs allows for better long-term correction. I am seeing patients experiencing earlier weightbearing on the foot in a surgical boot and a quicker return to normal shoes.”
Most insurances cover the surgery if medically necessary. Ask your primary care provider for a referral or visit northernlight.org/Bunions or northernlighthealth.org/Podiatry.
Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure with risks and recovery takes time. Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. Lapiplasty® is a registered trademarked of Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.