You can read all day about new treatments, positive outcomes, and life-changing stories, but “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” You can’t really be sure how successful something is until you have the results of your efforts. The concept is no different when it comes to bunion treatment.
In a recent presentation at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Surgery (AAFAS) Biannual International Seminar held at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans, Dr. Alex Tievsky of Adler Footcare of Greater New York, and Dr. Michael Graham of GraMedica, presented a study showing the positive impact of the HyProCure® procedure on bunions.
This study indicated that there is a 40% to 50% reduction in both the size and pain level of bunions for patients after receiving the HyProCure® procedure. In addition, it was shown that 30% of smaller bunions go away without any treatment at all once a patient has HyProCure®.
HyProCure® is an outpatient procedure that pushes a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone. There is no screwing or drilling involved. Instead, a minimally invasive technique is used. This means that a very small incision is made in the foot to insert the stent. The procedure corrects the misalignment in feet that in many cases is the underlying problem of common foot issues like bunions.
Why HyProCure® is a Viable Option for Bunion Treatment
A bunion is the result of the bones in the back of the foot (formally called the subtalar joint) dislocating forward and to the side. This adds additional pressure to the outside of the big toe and produces increased bone growth that leads to the bunion bump formation. Once you put the subtalar joint below the ankle into alignment, many bunions get better.
As the study showed, many bunion symptoms improved following the HyProCure® procedure. Patients who have received HyProCure® can also expect little post-operative pain, no time off their feet, and in most cases will be wearing their own shoes again 3 days after the procedure.
There are some instances where someone may not be a candidate for HyProCure®, but that is best evaluated by a qualified podiatrist. In this instance, there are other bunion treatment options available.
Adler Footcare is recognized as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence and consults regularly with Dr. Michael Graham, the inventor of the HyProCure® stent.
If you’re looking at bunion treatment options, start by finding out if you’re a candidate for the HyProCure® procedure by contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should treatment.