A bunion is a common condition of the foot where there is misalignment that forms at the base of the big toe. The skin over a bunion can become red and sore, and there can be pain with activity, including even simple activity like wearing a shoe.
According to Mayo Clinic, it is estimated that up to 30% of the population will develop bunions. Some bunions will never cause any problems, while others may result in painful or irritating symptoms. Cosmetically, bunions may prevent people from wearing fashionable shoes like high heels or boots due to the tightfitting or narrow nature of those shoes.
Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., Mayo Clinic Health System podiatrist at Winneshiek Medical Center, is now offering a new treatment for bunions called Lapiplasty®3D Bunion Correction. The new technology uses a titanium plate to secure the joint in three locations to correct the misalignment. The titanium plate remains on the joint to prevent it from drifting back out of alignment. Most patients are able to put weight on their foot within days after surgery, and once recovered, can wear their desired shoes without limitations.
Dr. Marquardt says, “Following a full recovery using the 3D bunion technology, most patients can return to their normal practices, including activities and shoe choice.”
If you have questions about bunions, or are interested in learning more about Lapiplasty ®3D Bunion Correction at Winneshiek Medical Center, call Dr. Marquardt for an appointment at 563-382-2911.