The award-winning podiatrists at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are proud to offer this revolutionary surgical procedure as part of our ongoing commitment to bringing the latest and most effective advancements in podiatry care to our Central Texas patients. If you think Lapiplasty might be right for you, here's what you need to know about this innovative, surgical solution.
Anatomy of a Bunion
A bunion is more than just a bony bump. This common foot problem is caused by a partial or complete dislocation of the joint at the base of the big toe. When bones in the forefoot shift out of place, the tip of the big toe gets pulled toward the little toes which causes the base of the big toe joint to jut out prominently. Bunions can develop due to abnormalities in the shape and structure of your feet, medical conditions like arthritis, or wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow. Additionally, as progressive deformities, bunions tend to worsen over time, eventually limiting your range of motion and making it particularly challenging to find shoes that fit.
Limitations of Traditional Bunion Treatments
While conservative bunion treatments such as custom orthotics, cushioning pads, and wearing shoes with a roomier toe box may help reduce discomfort and prevent bunions from progressing, they don't actually fix the problem or eliminate the bump. Surgery is the only way to truly get rid of a bunion. However, when it comes to bunion correction, even most surgical methods fall short.
A traditional bunion surgery involves shaving off the protruding part of the bone and repositioning the misaligned big toe joint. However, this is only a cosmetic fix that doesn't address the underlying deformity. As a result, bunions treated with traditional surgical techniques often recur, and patients may need to have revision procedures every few years to keep the bump at bay. Now, thanks to Lapiplasty 3D, there's finally a better way.
Lapiplasty Corrects the Underlying Deformity to Eliminate Bunions for Good
A true revolution in the field of podiatry, Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is changing the way podiatrists treat these common deformities. Unlike traditional bunion surgeries, which offer a 2D solution to a 3D problem, Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction allows us to correct the entire bone in 3D and secure the unstable joint at its foundation.
Lapiplasty Offers Numerous Benefits
- Versatile. The Lapiplasty procedure can correct bunions in any stage—from mild to severe.
- Low risk of recurrence. A Lapiplasty Bunion Correction is permanent for most patients, with 99 percent maintaining 3D correction.
- Shorter procedure. This groundbreaking surgical technique takes less time than traditional bunion correction procedures and decreases patient exposure to anesthesia.
- Faster recovery. After Lapiplasty, patients can often get back on their feet and into a walking boot within days and return to normal activities in about two weeks. Traditional bunion surgeries require patients to stay off their feet completely for up to nine weeks.
In time, we believe this exciting treatment will become the gold standard for bunion correction. However, because it requires doctors to complete specialized training from Treace Medical Concepts, Inc., the manufacturers of the Lapiplasty system, it is only available at select practices, including Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. If you’re ready to give your bunion the boot, give us a call.
Schedule an Appointment
Don't let a stubborn bunion stand in the way of the life you want to live. Complete our online contact form, or call our office at 512-328-8900 to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists to find out if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you.