Dr. Villani is trained in the newest innovation of foot and ankle surgery and is also now doing minimally invasive bunion corrections. Bunions are the development of painful bony growths or bumps over the inside part of the big toe joint. They normally progress and get larger over time.
Bunions normally present due to a biomechanical imbalance which happens over time. The deformity occurs when the muscles of the foot begins to pull in abnormal ways, which resulted in increased deformity to the first metatarsal phalangeal joint. When this happens the first metatarsal starts to deviate more towards the inside part of the foot and the toe starts to drift closer to the second toe.
Dr. Villani is trained in the newest innovation of foot and ankle surgery and is also now doing minimally invasive bunion corrections.
Bunions are diagnosed after thorough history and physical exam with your foot and ankle doctor. X-rays are an important part of determining the severity of the bunions.
For those patients that failed conservative treatment, surgical procedures can be performed which will correct and remove the bunion deformity. Depending on the degree of the deformity, and extent of the injury to the joint, several different surgical procedures are available. In mild cases simple resection or removal of the bump is possible. However, in the majority of cases it is necessary to perform an osteotomy (a cut in the bone) to shift it over and realign the joint to help prevent recurrence.
Depending on the specific procedure performed by your foot and ankle specialist different postoperative protocols are present. The majority of the procedures require some period of non-weightbearing after surgery. Your surgeon will have to further discuss these options and specific postoperative protocols depending on what specific procedure is the most appropriate for you.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.