Bunion deformities are most commonly a result of genetics. Someone in your family tree has the genetic predisposition for the bunions. One misconception is that tight shoes caused the bunion. In all actuality the tight shoes worsened the condition and made the bunion become more severe quicker. The enitre deformity began because of a tight muscle called the adductor hallucis muscle which is pulling the big toe to the side near the second toe instead of straight up and down. This puts a backwards pressure on the metatarsal causing the bump on the inside of the foot near the big toe joint to become bigger as time goes on. Shoe pressure causes the nerve that runs along the inside of the foot to become irritated and the pain begins.
At Mofas we will obtain a set of x-rays so that we can determine the severity of the bunion deformity utlizing the necessary angles (called the intermetatarsal angle (im)) and then offer you the appropriate procedure for correction.
The wider the IM angle the worse the Bunion. Normal: 0-8 Degrees ; Mild: 9-12 Degrees ; Moderate: 13-15 Degrees ; Large: 16-18 Degrees ; Severe: 18+ Degrees
At Mofas our doctors have performed 1000’s of bunion surgeries with excellent results and minimal pain and scarring. Our patients take an average of 3 pain pills over the 1st couple of days and then switch to tylenol or ibuprofen. We also specialize in the correction of previous bunion surgeries that had less than optimal outcomes. Dr. Staschiak is also a certified lapiplasty specialist for severe bunion surgery correction.
If you are worried about having metal in the body, fear not. At mofas we utilize the easy out (EO) screw designed by a podiatrist. This screw has an elevated head and can be removed in the office usually after 90 days. One suture and back in your shoes the next day.