A bunion develops when the first metatarsal bone of the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward (toward the other toes), causing the joint to pointily sticks out. Bunion removal is a surgical procedure that corrects that deformed bone area near the big toe. Bunion removal is sometimes called a bunionectomy, bunion surgery, or hallux valgus correction. Hallux valgus is a Latin phrase that means “foot deformity.”
During this procedure, our podiatrist will remove the bunion and make other repairs to your foot. Some of the most common methods our physician uses are:
- In an osteotomy, your surgeon will cut your big toe joint and realign it to a normal position.
- In an exostectomy, your surgeon will remove your bunion from the joint without performing an alignment.
- In an arthrodesis, your surgeon will replace the damaged joint with screws or metal plates to correct the deformity.
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