Bunions are a 3D problem | Common Misconceptions about Bunions

More Than a Bump

Bunions are a 3D problem

A common misconception is that a bunion is simply an overgrowth of bone that can be “shaved off.” While shaving addresses the symptom, the root cause (unstable foundation) will remain.

Bunions are caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot which allows the bone to drift out of alignment – causing the bump. SEE AN XRAY

In reality, bunions are complex 3D deformities caused by an unstable joint which allows your bone to 1 lean, 2 elevate, and
3 rotate out of alignment.

The 3 dimensions of your bunion problem

Osteotomy bunion surgery doesn't fix the root of the problem. It's only a Band-Aid® approach

The traditional 2D approach slices off the bump, then shifts the top part of the bone … but this osteotomy approach (whether traditional or minimally-invasive) does not address the root problem: the unstable joint is not corrected.

The 2D (osteotomy) result may look ok on the outside … but on the inside it’s another story.

The bump may be gone (for now) but the bone is now crooked and the joint is still unstable with the bunion at risk of returning1.

As you can see, traditional 2D (osteotomy) bunion surgery has proven to be inconsistent.

That is why Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction was developed by Treace Medical and a team of doctors.

Committed to better patient outcomes, they wanted to –

Fix It Right The First Time


1 Okuda R, Kinoshita M, Yasuda T, et al. JBJS. 2007. 89:2163-72.
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Important Risk Information: Only a surgeon can tell if the Lapiplasty® Procedure is right for you. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. Potential risks include but are not limited to infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion.