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Neighbor discussion: Mojgan Tavakoli



October 7, 2022 — Dr. Mojgan Tavakoli of Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano recently contributed an article to the Dallas Patch in which she discussed what bunion deformities are, how they form, common misconceptions surrounding the condition, and available treatment options including Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction. 

“There is a common misconception that a bunion is simply an overgrowth of bone on the side of the foot that can be shaved off, but the problem is much more complex,” explained Dr. Tavakoli. “The condition is a progressive bone deformity caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot that drives the big toe out of alignment.”

There are several options for treating bunions, but like many podiatric specialists, Dr. Tavakoli usually recommends that patients try conservative management options first. Unfortunately, these methods only have the potential to alleviate some bunion symptoms and cannot correct the deformity. If the condition continues to worsen, surgery is typically discussed as a next step .

Traditionally, the standard procedure used to treat bunion deformities was the 2D osteotomy, which involves shaving down the protruding bone on the side of the big toe and shifting it over. The Lapiplasty® Procedure differs from this approach by correctly aligning the bones in the foot and securing them in their proper places using a system of patented titanium plates .

Lapiplasty® patients are typically able to bear weight on their foot while wearing a walking boot within three to ten days after surgery . Dr. Tavakoli said her patients are typically able to return to their normal physical activities after about four months, and some of have even chosen to undergo the procedure on their opposing foot soon after recovering from their first surgery .

“The results our patients have seen from Lapiplasty® have been outstanding,” expressed Dr. Tavakoli. “With this option available, we can feel confident that patients can return to the activities they love.”

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. There are risks associated with surgery. Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and recovery takes time. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit        

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