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Bunions

bunions

A bunion is a bony, painful swelling that is often formed on the first joint of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful due to the weight of all your body resting on it each time you take a step. Everyday activities, such as walking and wearing shoes, can cause you extreme discomfort if you have a bunion.

Reasons that a person may develop a bunion can vary. Some patients may form bunions due to genetic factors, complications with arthritis, or a weak foot structure. General aging can also play a role in the formation of a bunion.

If you have a bunion, you may notice a bony bump on your big toe, experience swelling and redness, and the area may feel tender to the touch. To help alleviate the pain that often comes with having a bunion, it’s suggested to maintain a healthy weight to help lessen the pressure on your toe, practice both heating and icing the affected area, wear wide-fitting shoes wear to leave plenty of space for your toes and to minimize rubbing, and look into shoe inserts that can help position your foot correctly.

Because bunions can result in other painful foot problems, such as hammertoes and bursitis, we recommend that you meet with a podiatrist for a professional diagnosis and for information regarding all your treatment options.

Dr. Sherris specializes in treatment of bunions both surgically and non-surgically. If you think you have a bunion and would like to discuss this with Dr. Sherris, x-rays can be obtained in our clinic for your convenience to help determine the severity of your particular condition.

Dr. Sherris is proud to offer both traditional and advanced treatments for bunions. Read below for information on Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction and be sure to ask Dr. Sherris if this is the right treatment method for you!

Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction

Bunions are complex deformities that can be very painful. We are pleased to offer a new, patented treatment for bunion correction-Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction.

What is Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction?

Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction is an advanced surgical procedure that corrects a bunion by rotating the entire deviated bone back into its normal anatomical position. This is done using specially-designed instrumentation, naturally straightening your toe and removing the "bump" and associated pain. Innovative plating technology is used to permanently secure the unstable joint. Most patients are able to walk within days of surgery. No cast is required; allowing patients to get back to the shoe wear of their choice and activities quickly.

"Based on clinical findings, patient goals and my experience along with continuously updated knowledge in surgically and non-surgically treating bunions, I work with my patients to make a cooperative decision based on what is best for them in each individual case." – Dr. Sherris

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