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Local Physician Offers New Technique to Correct Bunions

Posted: 12:41 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 13:03:42-04
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LANSING, Mich. — A bunion is a malposition of the big toe joint. This happens when the position of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint swings out over time. This can happen as you age or can also be hereditary. Bunions are also more common for females.

If you suffer from a bunion you know that they can be very painful. There are some non-surgical options for pain relief due to bunions, including buying wider shoes or changing your shoe style, padding, and avoiding activity that places pressure on the area.

“Most people consider bunion surgery once they feel they have exhausted all nonsurgical options first,” said Dr. Karl Dunn, DPM, podiatric surgeon with Compass Health. “When new shoes and padding are still causing pain, it might be time to look at doing surgery.”

If surgery is the best option, it is worth looking into the new Lapiplasty – 3D bunion correction that Dr. Dunn is now performing. In fact, he is the only surgeon in the area that is performing this procedure and has been awarded Center of Excellence by the manufacturer.

Dr. Dunn was awarded Center of Excellence based on the amount of training he has completed, the amount of cases he has worked on, and the patient’s improved results. It also allows him to participate in clinical studies and serve as an instructor so other surgeons can learn how to do this procedure.

“The 3D bunion correction surgery is typically performed outpatient and you go home the same day,” said Dr. Dunn. “Patients can expect to be off their foot for 10-14 days. Once the stitches are out, patients switch to a load bearing boot, and eventually back into shoes.”

This new procedure fixes the root cause and therefore can lead to lower bunion return rates. If you are interested in learning more, contact Dr. Dunn’s office at (517) 333-3777, or attend his upcoming lecture on 3D bunion correction hosted at McLaren Greater Lansing on Tuesday, September 17. The event will begin at 6 p.m. If you are interested in registering, contact (517) 975-6600 or email sarah.barber@mclaren.org.

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