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January 4, 2023 – Dr. Bob Baravarian, a podiatrist from the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles, California, was recently interviewed for an article published by Pasadena Magazine. He talked about what bunions are, how the COVID-19 pandemic may have contributed to an increase in foot-related injuries, and how Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction has helped his bunion patients get back on their feet.

While discussing effects of the pandemic, Dr. Baravarian said that staying home often meant people went a long time without wearing shoes, leaving the arches of the feet without support. As a result, this meant that some preexisting foot and ankle deformities like bunions may have gotten worse without a person noticing. When social functions resumed, tight dress shoes often caused the pain to worsen, highlighting the issue.

“As the arch collapses, there’s usually a widening of the foot and more stress on the big-toe joint, which can result in a bunion,” Dr. Baravarian explained. He recommended that patients living with conditions like plantar fasciitis roll the soles of their feet along a frozen water bottle and stretch their calf muscles as tightness in those areas often results in more stress on the arch of the foot. He also said it is essential to wear arch-supportive shoes around the house.
The article referenced traditional non-surgical options such as orthotics, toe spacers, and anti-inflammatory medications as frequent initial treatments for bunions pain. Surgical correction is often recommended if pain persists.1Dr. Baravarian highlighted the Lapiplasty® Procedure as a preferred surgical method for treating bunions.

“The Lapiplasty® Procedure corrects the bunion in three dimensions, which is the gold standard for treating the condition” Dr. Baravarian said. Most patients that have undergone the Lapiplasty® procedure are able to get back onto their feet within two weeks and back into full activity about four months after surgery. 2,3

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty® procedure is right for you. As with any surgical treatment, there are risks; individual results may vary; and recovery takes time.  This experience is unique and specific to this patient only.  Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit

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