Sandal Season

Minimally Invasive Bunion Treatment for Warm Weather Footwear

The days are getting longer, and our favorite groundhog predicted an early spring. Soon, very soon, millions of women across the country will put their clunky winter boots away in favor of something more breathable and beautiful. Sandal season is coming, yet nothing can keep you from enjoying warm weather footwear like bunions. Bunions are a common deformity caused by genetics and environmental factors. In this article, you will learn about what causes Bunions and about a cutting edge, the minimally invasive treatment offered by Dr. Green of Seaview Orthopedics, known as Keyhole Bunion Surgery. Read on to learn how Dr. Green can get your feet beautified for sandal season!

Sandal Season

Signs of Bunions

  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
  • Swelling, redness or soreness around your big toe joint
  • Corns or calluses, often developing when the first and second toes rub against each other
  • Limited movement of your big toe

88% of woman have worn inappropriate shoe wear, and this can cause or accelerate the formation of a bunion.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions are a common condition affecting the foot/forefoot. The deformity is usually found in women but can occur in men as well. There are many causes for bunions —a small percentage of bunions are genetic and tend to occur in adolescents. But, the vast majority are caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. A large study done by the American Foot and Ankle Society found that 88% of woman have worn inappropriate shoe wear, and this can cause or accelerate the formation of a bunion. The bunion deformity we’re all familiar with happens because the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (big toe joint) starts to dislocate. Ultimately, if not treated, it will completely dislocate.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Removal Surgery

Originally pioneered in Europe, minimally invasive bunion surgery (or keyhole bunion surgery) allows for faster recovery and less stiffness after surgery. With traditional open bunion surgery, large incisions are used to correct the bunion. Most traditional techniques require the use of screws, plates, and even specialized nails to allow for fixation of the correction. However, Dr. Green’s minimally invasive bunion surgery uses small incisions to correct the bunion, resulting in less scarring, greater range of motion, and faster recovery! Dr. Green was trained in this technique by Drs. Refern and Vernois –pioneers of minimally invasive foot surgery. He has over 10 years of experience performing minimally invasive keyhole surgery.

Seaview Orthopaedic Dr Green

Aron Green, MD, FAAOS
Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Specialty trained in keyhole bunion surgery
10+ years of surgical foot & ankle experience

Benefits of Keyhole Bunion Surgery

1) Smaller incisions resulting in decreased risk of infection and faster healing
2) Decreased post-operative stiffness in the foot so you start moving sooner
3) Earlier weight bearing on the foot due to lower-grade stiffness
4) Less damage to tissues and Minimal external scarring.

Don’t wait until it is too late. This is the time to get your feet ready for the warm weather shoes you love! Seaview Orthopaedic offers fast appointment scheduling: simply call (732) 660-6200 or request your consultation today!