Bunions are more than a bump
A common misconception is that a bunion is simply an overgrowth of bone that can be “shaved off”. In reality, a bunion is a complex, 3D deformity caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot which allows the metatarsal bone to drift out of normal alignment.
Bunions are a progressive disorder and do not go away on their own without surgical correction. Conservative treatments such as bunion pads/splints, toe spacers, orthotics, and wider toe-box shoes can help alleviate pain; but will not fix the problem.
Bunions are a 3D problem
While 87% of bunions are 3D problems with abnormal rotation of the metatarsal bone, the majority of bunion surgery is only 2D and fails to secure the root cause – an unstable joint. When all three-dimension of a bunions are not addressed, there is a 12X likelihood it will recur. That’s why Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ was developed; to give patients a better outcome.
Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with its unstable foundation, the metatarsal bone starts to lean sideways.
The metatarsal bone often elevates up, like a stool with a short leg; transferring excessive load to other toes.
The metatarsal bone can rotate, causing abnormal wear and tear on your joints like a car tire out of alignment.
How Lapiplasty works
Advanced surgical technology returns your entire bone to normal 3D alignment and the unstable joint is secured with patented, titanium plates to get you back on your feet quickly.
- Returns entire bone to normal alignment; a 3D correction
- Fixes the roots cause of the bunion; an unstable joint
- You’ll be on your feet in a boot, in many cases, within two weeks
Recovery From Lapiplasty
One Lapiplasty® benefit, that out patient consider a “game changer” when it comes to recovery, is the ability to quickly bear weight in a boot. Although timepoints and doctor’s orders vary based on each patient’s condition, a typical recovery timeline is detailed below. Be sure to ask your doctor what your particular recovery protocol will look like.
Begin to put some weight on your foot
Next 4-6 Weeks
Walk in a boot and return to daily activities
At 6-8 Weeks
Transition back into comfortable shoes
At 4-6 Months
Resume most activities and return to normal footwear