Bunions are complex foot deformities that most often develop on the side of the joint of your big toe. When left untreated, bunions can lead to pain and reduced mobility. At Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers, with locations in Columbus and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, David Kaplansky, DPM and Anthony Cozzolino, DPM, provide expert treatments like state-of-the-art Lapiplasty® bunion surgery, as featured on WBNS-10TV. Call Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers or book an appointment online today for expert podiatric care.
Bunions are complex three-dimensional deformities that usually develop on the joint at the base of your big toe, although a bunion may also grow at the joint of your smallest toe. Bunions form when pressure or misalignment in your feet pushes your big toe toward the rest of your toes. The pressure on your joint leads to a buildup of extra bony tissue.
Conditions such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are associated with bunions. Wearing high heels or shoes that are too tight around your toes can exacerbate your bunion.
One of the first signs of a bunion is the appearance of calluses or blisters on the side of your toe or big toe joint. Over time, you’ll notice that the skin becomes red and shiny and the lump seems to grow larger. As they grow and develop, bunions cause significant foot pain and affect your ability to walk and stand. As the deformity progresses, it causes the rest of your foot to become unstable.
Whenever possible, the expert podiatrists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers use conservative treatments to address bunions.
For example, your doctor may recommend that you change your shoes and wear styles with plenty of room in the toe box. They may also prescribe orthotic shoe inserts. Your doctor may also suggest wearing a splint and padding your bunion to reduce pressure and friction on the joint.
If your bunions are painful, you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or use ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort. If your bunion is severe and interfering with your quality of life, the podiatrists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers offer expert surgical procedures, including Lapiplasty, to realign and secure your joint.
The Lapiplasty procedure is a 3D surgery that corrects the alignment of your toe. During the operation, your podiatrist moves your toe joints back into their correct positions and restores joint stability by attaching patented metal plates to your bones.
The podiatrists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers provide comprehensive consultations and exams to identify the best treatment for your bunion. If your bunion is severe and interfering with your mobility and quality of life, bunion surgery might be the best treatment option to address your needs.
Call Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers or schedule an appointment online today for expert assessment and treatment.