WRDW’s Morning Mix
June 28, 2022 —Dr. Mickey Stapp from Augusta Foot & Ankle was recently interviewed as part of a sponsored segment on WRDW’s Morning Mix. He discussed what bunions are, how they form, who they affect and the available treatment options for them including an innovative procedure called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
“A lot of people think that bunions are just a bump of bone at the base of their big toe joint,” said Dr. Stapp. “In reality, it’s a structural problem; the joint is out of alignment.”
Dr. Stapp explained that when patients come to him, he will typically recommend trying non-surgical treatment options like modifying their shoes or wearing supportive foot pads1. If these methods do not ease the pain, he might suggest surgery.
Historically, bunion correction was typically performed using a 2D osteotomy procedure. This type of procedure involves shaving off the bump but does not address the unstable joint in the foot that causes the deformity
The Lapiplasty® procedure addresses all three dimensions of the deformity by returning the bones to their normal alignment and securing the unstable joint in the foot2. Patients are typically back on their feet in a walking boot within days of surgery and back to normal activity in about four – six months3,4.
Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening, and loss of correction due to improper bone healing. To learn more about the benefits and risks, please visit Lapiplasty.com.
Dr. Stapp is a paid consultant of Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.