NY Bunion Surgery
The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint sits at the base of the big toe. Sometimes, the bone can move out of place. When that happens, a bunion forms. A bunion looks like a bump and indicates a change in the foot's bony framework. This condition is also known as hallux valgus.
How Often Bunions Occur
Around 4.4 million people suffer from bunions each year. While it was previously believed that bunions were a problem for women, this has proven to be false. Both men and women can suffer from this ailment, however it is true that they are more common in women, and the chance of developing bunions increases with age.
Shoes can also contribute to progression of bunions. People who wear tight fitting shoes such as high heels may see their bunions get worse more quickly. Another leading cause of bunions is repetitive stress. For instance, someone who dances ballet is more likely to suffer from painful bunions than someone who focuses on more low impact activity. That being said, there is a large genetic component to bunions and even people in cultures that don’t wear shoes can suffer from them as well.
Arthritic diseases have also been found to lead to bunions. In fact, it is not uncommon to see bunions form on someone who has rheumatoid arthritis. Other people also suffer from congenital issues that may cause bunions.
Fortunately, people with bunions can undergo reconstruction to repair the problem regardless of the cause. Dr. David Levine, an orthopedic surgeon located in New York specializes in foot and ankle problems, has two decades of experience as a traumatology and reconstructive surgeon and can treat your bunion to improve your quality of life.
Bunions are not just unattractive, they may represent a malalignment that can lead to significant pain and seriously affect the quality of the person’s life. Foot pain is a common issue for people who suffer from bunions, however, those who have severe bunions may experience pain in other areas of the foot.
Patients who have bunions often times struggle to walk around in their day to day lives. This is especially true in older people. As people age, bunions can become arthritic joints that can affect function including stability, which could lead to dangerous falls.
In addition, people who have bunions have issues finding shoes that will fit. This can make it difficult to go out of the home, which can greatly reduce satisfaction in one’s life.
Surgery for Bunions
Fortunately, people can return to their busy lives by undergoing reconstructive bunion surgery. While there are multiple surgery options, the Lapidus procedure is often the best procedure available for people who have bunions. By the time the surgery is over, the big toe joint will be back in its natural position and the bunion will be gone.
The Lapidus procedure is a reliable bunion surgery that corrects the deformity while not changing the shape of the bone. Not only does it eliminate the “bump” from the bunion, but it also aligns the big toe joint more appropriately to reduce the risk of arthritis down the road. Some bunions that are already too arthritic may require a different type of reconstructive procedure.
No one should be forced to live with the discomfort of bunions. If you live in the New York area and would like to learn more about bunion removal surgery or to set up an appointment, contact us today. Once your bunions are corrected, you will be able to move around freely without anything holding you back.