Sidney Health Center Offers Effective Solutions for Painful Bunions
August 21, 2023

Bunions are a prevalent foot condition that affects millions of people worldwide. They develop when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes misaligned, causing the toe to bend towards the other toes and a bony bump to form at the base of the big toe. This condition can lead to pain, swelling, difficulty walking, and a significant negative impact on one's quality of life. Fortunately, there are various treatment options available for bunions, with Lapiplasty being a remarkable solution offered by podiatrists at Sidney Health Center.

Understanding Non-Surgical Treatment Options

For individuals with mild to moderate bunions, non-surgical treatments can prove highly effective. Some of these non-invasive approaches include:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes: Opting for shoes with a wide toe box, low heels, and good arch support can effectively reduce pressure on the bunion and alleviate associated pain.
  • Using shoe inserts or orthotics: Custom inserts or orthotic devices can help redistribute pressure on the foot, addressing any biomechanical issues that may contribute to the bunion's formation.
  • Applying ice or heat: Applying ice or heat to the affected area can offer relief from pain and reduce swelling associated with bunions.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers: Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Considering Surgical Treatment Options

For severe bunions that do not respond to non-surgical treatments, surgical intervention may become necessary. Traditional bunion surgery typically involves the removal of the bony bump and realignment of the joint. However, this conventional approach can be painful and may require an extended recovery period. In contrast, the Lapiplasty procedure offers a more promising alternative with its minimally invasive approach, enabling patients to experience quicker recovery times and improved long-term outcomes.

Lapiplasty for Bunion Correction

Lapiplasty is an innovative bunion surgery that tackles the root cause of the condition by addressing the unstable joint at the base of the big toe. Unlike traditional bunion surgeries that merely shave down the bony protrusion, Lapiplasty focuses on correcting the 3D deformity of the entire bone, providing a permanent and more effective solution to the problem.

During the Lapiplasty procedure, the podiatrist employs specially designed titanium plates and screws to stabilize the unstable joint in its corrected position. This creates a secure foundation for the foot, substantially reducing the risk of the bunion redeveloping in the future. Due to its minimally invasive nature, the surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, ensuring a shorter recovery time compared to traditional bunion surgery.

Seeking Relief at Sidney Health Center

At Sidney Health Center, individuals suffering from bunions can find effective and tailored treatment options to suit their needs. The experienced podiatrists, Jennifer Gravos-Bauer, DPM, and Michael LaPan, DPM, provide expert care and guide patients through the evaluation process and treatment plan.

If you are experiencing the discomfort of bunions, don't hesitate to contact the foot and ankle surgery experts at Sidney Health Center. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Gravos-Bauer or Dr. LaPan by calling 406.488.2510. Additionally, you have the option to schedule an appointment at one of their outreach clinics in Baker and Plentywood in Montana, as well as Trenton, North Dakota.

With the professional guidance and advanced treatment options available at Sidney Health Center, individuals suffering from bunions can take steps towards a pain-free and improved quality of life. Contact them today to find the best treatment plan for your specific needs.



Jennifer L. Gravos-Bauer, DPM

Michael LaPan, DPM