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What Is A Bunion?

Bunions (“Hallux Valgus” in medical terms) can easily be identified visually as a “bump” on the side of the big toe

A common misconception is that a bunion is simply a “bump” that can be “shaved off.” But, bunions are more than a bump; they are a complex 3D problem.

A bunion can be seen as a bump at the base of your big toe. And, whereas that is the visual evidence of a bunion, the actual root cause of the bunion can be found higher up in your mid-foot; an unstable joint.

Most bunionectomy procedures address the cosmetic bump only, by “shaving the bump.” While shaving addresses the symptom, the root cause (the unstable foundation) will remain. The unstable joint in the middle of the foot is actually what has allowed the bone to drift out of alignment — causing the bump.

In reality, bunions are complex 3D deformities caused by an unstable joint which allows your bone to  lean,  elevate, and  rotate out of alignment.

Bunions Are More Than a Bump

Bunions Are a 3D Problem

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Lean

The unstable joint (foundation) allows the metatarsal to lean sideways.

Elevate

The metatarsal can elevate, transferring excessive pressure on other toes and ball of the foot.

Rotate

The metatarsal can rotate, causing abnormal wear, just like a car tire out of alignment

What does a bunion look like?

Your Questions, Answered

What do you mean by 3D Bunion Correction?

Hear from Dr. Bret Smith.

* Physician is a paid consultant of Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.

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Take our short 4-question quiz to see if Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ may be right for you.

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Select the image below that best describes your bunion.

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In many cases patients who have bunions also have other conditions such as bunionettes, hammertoes, or arthritis – which are often addressed in the same surgery as your bunion correction. However, only a surgeon can assess your particular condition and develop an individual treatment plan.
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Please select the level of foot pain you experience most of the time.

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Which of the following most accurately describes where you're at in your bunion treatment process?

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*The “Am I a Candidate” assessment should only be completed by patients over the age of 18 or by a parent/legal guardian. This tool does not provide medical advice. This tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Only a trained Lapiplasty® doctor can determine if you are an appropriate candidate for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ surgery. Please consult with your doctor to determine if Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ surgery is right for your specific condition. Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ surgery is indicated for patients 12 years of age and older. As with any medical treatment, there are risks and recovery takes time. For a complete list of risks, see the Patient Risk Information. For more info on recovery times, see Recovery. For information about how we handle your information, please see our Privacy Policy. By submitting your information and clicking I agree, you consent to receive information about the Lapiplasty® Procedure by email, text or phone as described in our Privacy Policy. We will handle your information and communicate with you as stated in our Privacy Policy. See the Privacy Policy for instructions for opting out of receiving automated text messages and phone calls containing marketing materials.

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Unfortunately, you are not a candidate for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.

Based on your responses, you are not a candidate for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™. Lapiplasty® is indicated for treatment of bunions (also known as Hallux Valgus) - a bump found at the base of the big toe. If you do not suffer from a bunion, then Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction" is not for you. We wish you good health!

Still think you might be experiencing pain from a bunion?

Here are 5 symptoms to look out for that could make Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ a good option for you:

  1. You're seeing a visual "bump" at the base of your big toe.
  2. Shoes that once fit comfortably now feel too tight or painful to wear.
  3. You experience frequent numbness or tightness in your big toe.
  4. Pain or swelling increases when you stand for long periods of time.
  5. You struggle or are unable to bend your big toe without feeling pain or a burning sensation.

Here are some helpful resources to help you learn more about bunions and your treatment options:

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