Bunion Easy Out Procedure

Bunion Easy Out Procedure – Keyhole Bunionectomy with Removable Hardware A safe keyhole procedure to give you beautiful, functional feet without any permanent screws or plates left behind.

The Complete Guide to Bunion Surgery

No casts, no crutches, no metal left in the body after bunion surgery!

At Feet for Life Podiatry Centers, our surgeons have performed well over 50,000 surgical procedures with the vast majority being bunion corrections. This expertise is why our podiatric surgeons prefer the Easy-Out Bunion Procedure which combines the Keyhole (small incision) with the SafetyFix removable hardware, leaving no permanent metal in the body. This is the ONLY hardware that may be removed in-office with a 5 minute procedure, 90 days post surgery and beyond. Feet For Life Podiatry is the only medical center in Missouri offering SafetyFix removable hardware.

For people who have bunions and want to understand how to surgically correct bunions. Learn more about our BUNION procedures. Contact us below! Medical Term: Hallux Abductovalgus

No Casts, No Crutches

At Feet For Life patients are very often surprised how mobile they can be after bunion surgery without needing casts or crutches.

Small Incision

Our experienced surgeons use the smallest incisions possible with modern techniques and methods that minimize visible scars.

Back to Desk Job in 3 days

Our goal is to get your back to work and back to life. The standard policy is return to your desk job within 3 days.

Pain Management

To keep patients comfortable, local anesthesia thechniques are employed to limit the need for post operative pain medication.

No Permanent Metal in the Body

Long term metal in bone has been associated with pain, inflamation, metal allergy, bone inflexibility and even metallosis.

Today is the day to find relief from your foot pain. Contact us now to get started!

Bunion Surgical Consultation at Feet For Life Podiatry

A bunion surgical consultation should include justifications for skin incision length, type of bone osteotomy (how the bone will be cut), the type of fixation that will be used and what to expect during the postoperative time period. Learn more here: on Dr. Horwitz’s YouTube channel.

If you have had a “botched” bunion surgery, painful hardware implants, we may be able to help you.

When l learned I had to have bunion surgery, I decided to have the procedure done with the SafetyFix EasyOut screw which was fast and easy to remove once my bones had healed. Now l have the peace of mind knowing that I am metal-free without the risk of long term health problems from possible metal toxicity.

As someone who is very health conscious and tries hard to limit my exposure to unhealthy processed ingredients in food as well as toxic chemicals, I was very happy, when my doctor recommended the SafetyFix EasyOut screw to fix my metatarsal fracture which was a big relief not having to worry about possible side effects and complications from having the metal screw remain in my body.

What Are Bunions And What Are The Symptoms?

A bunion occurs when the big toe begins to deviate towards the second toe. The biggest misconception is that bunions occur from an overgrowth of bone. While this may be true in very few people, the bunion really represents a dislocation or subluxation of the big toe joint and it bulges against the skin. This bony prominence is what is commonly called a bunion. Sometimes the bunion area may become irritated, red and/or callused.

The most common bunion symptoms is pain directly on the bunion region. The pain may be located on the ‘bump’, within the big toe joint and/or on the bottom of the foot. The bunion may become inflamed, red, warm and swollen. Thickened skin and calluses may even form. Bunion pain is variable and could range from dull and minimal to sharp and extreme. Some bunions just don’t hurt. Pain is often made worse by shoes, especially shoes that crowd the toes. While some bunions may result in significant pain, other bunions may not be painful at all. High heels shoes tend to put more pressure on the bunion area and may result in pain.

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Bunion are diagnosed with a clinical exam (performed by a healthcare practitioner) and with the aid of radiographs. X-rays are the cornerstone of bunion evaluation because they demonstrate the bones position as well as rule out other conditions that may masquerade as a bunion. It’s important to have standing X-rays of the foot to see the bone position with full weight because the position changes when a load is applied.

How Does Bunion Severity Determine The Type of Bunion Surgery Needed?

The severity of the bunion dictates what surgery will be necessary to fix the bunion. Larger bunions generally require a different surgery than smaller bunions. The type of surgery also determines the postoperative recovery and ability to bear weight – through modern techniques have change even that. Dr. Horwitz is able to allow his bunion surgery patients to walk on the operated foot immediately after surgery without casts or crutches because of the patent device that he developed.

Causes Of Bunions?

Genetics are the primary reason for disposition to bunions. Ill-fitting shoes are the second main cause for this foot deformity. Bunions typically develop slowly over time and then reach a point where they worsen rapidly. Some develop a bunion in their teens, whereas others develop them much later in life.

Bunions usually become worse over time. They can be aggravated by:

• tight or too-small shoes that cause your toes to crowd together and put pressure on your big toe
• shoes that have high heels or pointy toes — these styles force your toes together
• standing for long periods of time
• arthritis symptoms in your feet

How Are Bunions Graded?

In general, the severity of the bunion is determined by a radiographic measurement called the intermetatarsal angle (or metatarsal angle). An angle is created between the 1st metatarsal bone and the 2nd metatarsal bone. The wider the angle the worse the bunion. Normal: 0-8 degrees Mild: 9-12 degrees Moderate: 13-15 degrees Large: 16-18 degrees Severe: 18+ degrees. Sometimes the metatarsal angle may be misleading if all the bones are angulated, and this falsely lowers the angle making the bunion appear less severe. It’s important to account for this when evaluating bunion radiographs.

Keyhole Bunionectomy Benefits

Keyhole forefoot surgery is also referred to as small incision surgery. This unique approach allows surgery to be performed through small 2cm incisions in the skin, instead of the conventional 5 to 10 cm or longer wound necessary for surgery through a larger open wound. The surgeons at Feet for Life Podiatry Centers also use removable fixation hardware that will be easily removed approximately 90 days after surgery. There is no crutch walking and patients can return to desk jobs in an average of three days.

The benefits of small incision and conventional surgery are consistent – deformities of the forefoot can be corrected with the same precision. Patients feel that they have less swelling after keyhole surgery and often have less pain. The appearance is also very important. Evidence of a scar is greatly minimized with this smaller incision complimented by the cosmetic closing techniques used by our surgeons.

Note: Small incision is not the same as MIS (minimal incision) surgery. Small incision surgery uses conventional techniques and is still performed open. This allows for precise bone cuts and placement of fixation. There are times with both “small incision” and “MIS” techniques are combined to achieve the desired results.

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Why Choose Feet For Life

Feet For Life Podiatry Centers, located in St. Louis and Chesterfield, Missouri, offer the most innovative and up-to-date solutions in treating Bunion Deformity. You can expect little downtime, fast healing, minimal scarring, and minimal chance of complications when you choose to be treated at our center. Read about our State-Of-The-Art Surgery Center Here.

Meet Dr. Michael Horwitz, Top Podiatric Surgeon in Midwest

Dr. Horwitz is the leading podiatrist in the country and top podiatric surgeon in Midwest. His commitment to professionalism through extensive research, innovation and practice along with providing the best possible care in a patient friendly medical environment has given him a great reputation and trust among thousands of his patients.

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