What is a Bunion? | Hallux Valgus


What is a Bunion?

Bunions (“Hallux Valgus” in medical terms) can easily be identified visually as a “bump” on the side of the big toe, but did you know that the actual root cause of a bunion is actually located in the middle of your foot; an unstable joint that allows your toe to become misaligned.

What if I do nothing?1

During the early stages, your pain can be managed but it will typically worsen and you may develop some additional symptoms, including:

Remember, bunions are a progressive disorder and will not go away on their own.

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OK, what are my treatment options?

Essentially, there are three approaches:


Non-surgical or conservative treatments2

These treatments are designed to keep you more comfortable, but will not address the root cause. Conservative treatments include:
> Toe spacers
> Pads/splints
> Inserts/Orthotics


Traditional 2D (osteotomy) surgery

Traditional surgery cuts and shifts your bone to address only the cosmetic “bump” of your bunion; without addressing the complex, 3D issues or the unstable foundation.


Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction

The Lapiplasty® Procedure is designed to address all three dimensions of your bunion and permanently secure the root cause of your bunion – an unstable joint.

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1 American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Website, ©2018 WebMD Website, © 2018
2 Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials Website, © 2018

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.