Questions You Should Ask About Bunion Treatment

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Feb 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you hear the term bunion surgery do you run shrieking in the other direction? 

question_marks_on_post_itsYou might be thinking this type of bunion treatment involves large incisions, painful stitches above and below the skin, fixing the bones of the big toe with pins and wires, months off your feet, and post-op pain requiring heavy-duty narcotic medication. It sounds like the cure is almost worse than the disease, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. Before getting treatment for your bunion, you should ask yourself and your foot doctor, these questions.

Why are you getting bunion treatment?

Ask yourself if you’re searching for treatment options simply because you don’t like the look of your bunion, it causes some discomfort, it’s become difficult to bear weight, or because the pain is absolutely unbearable.

There are some conservative options to help manage the pain caused by your bunion that may help you enough that you won’t need any further treatment at all. Some of these include:

  • Changing footwear
  • Orthotic shoe inserts
  • Protective padding
  • Physical therapy

If your bunion is causing chronic pain and it’s difficult to bear weight, then further action is required.

Have you heard of the HyProCure® stent?

HyProCure® is a device used to correct foot misalignment, which is a common foot problem and directly related to your bunion. When the ankle bone slips off the heel bone it leads to an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot called overpronation.

As the bones in the back of the foot – the subtalar joint just below the ankle joint – dislocate forward and to the side, additional pressure is added to the outside of the big toe, increasing the bone growth that leads to the formation of the bunion.

HyProCure® is able to put the subtalar joint back into alignment. The stent is placed into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone to stabilize the ankle and keep it from rolling inward. Once the subtalar joint is put back into alignment, most bunions get better.

Adler Footcare is currently the only practice in New York offering HyProCure® that consults regularly with the inventor of the process, Dr. Michael Graham of Gramedica.

Are you considering bunion treatment, but weren’t recommended bunion surgery? 

Before recommending bunion surgery, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will evaluate you to see if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®. Most people are, but if you’re not, then minimally invasive surgery will be considered. This means the surgery will be performed by using tiny incisions, small instrumentation, no stitches on the skin or wires and pins in the bones, limited discomfort after the bunion surgery, and a quicker return to normal activity.

This type of surgery causes less trauma to the foot than traditional surgery and the cosmetic results are better because stitches aren’t used so there is no scarring afterwards.

Maybe your traditional foot surgeon doesn’t perform minimally invasive surgery and therefore didn’t offer it as a treatment option. First, ask your foot care specialist why it wasn’t offered as an option to treat your bunion. If they can’t give you a good clinical reason, then read on.

Are you being treated by a qualified podiatrist?

Adler Footcare is one of the few practices in the United States to offer patients minimally invasive bunion surgery. 

Dr. Adler is one of 12 Professors of Minimally Invasive Surgery and stays on the cutting-edge of developments in bunion treatment to offer these developments to patients.

The solution may be to refer you to a doctor in your area who performs minimally invasive bunion surgery or to see if Adler Footcare can produce the results you deserve by performing the surgery in the Joint Commission Accredited Podiatric OR.

Patients all over the world have access to bunion surgery technology so why shouldn’t you? 

No one should have to put up with the old ways of treating bunions. Dr. Adler has taught and performed minimally invasive bunion surgery for three decades both nationally and internationally, including Mainland China and Switzerland.

If HyProCure® or Minimally Invasive Surgery is not offered by foot surgeons in your area, a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will be happy to meet with you and discuss these options for bunion treatment. Contact us below for a consultation today.

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Topics: Bunion, Bunion Surgery