The symptoms of a bunion can include the following:
- A bump that bulges on the outside of the base of the big toe
- Swelling, redness and or soreness around the big toe joint
- Corns or calluses where the big toe overlaps the second toe
- Restricted and painful movement of the big toe
- Skin thickening at the base of the big toe
What to expect with MICA surgery
The goal for bunion correction surgery is to relieve as much pain and discomfort as possible and correct the deformity by returning your toe to the correct position. If your surgeon has determined that your bunion needs surgical intervention, the MICA surgical option may be for you. This unique procedure was designed for precise bunion correction surgery. It allows the surgeon to accurately fix the bone and correct the soft tissue issues, which potentially leads to better results for patients. There is even the possibility of weight-bearing shortly after surgery, only with the surgeon’s approval.
During the procedure the surgeon will make a small incision at the base of your big toe, then cut and realign the metatarsal bone, remove any excess tissue or bony growths, and re-align the bone using a small screw for stabilization. Your surgeon will close the incision and bandage your foot.
After Bunion Surgery
The vast majority of patients who undergo bunion surgery or MICA say they are extremely happy with the procedure. While individual results may vary, this is a safe, minimally invasive and highly effective surgical procedure. Bunion surgery relieves the pain, swelling, and misalignment of the metatarsal bone and joint. You should be able to wear comfortable and supportive shoes within 1-2 weeks after your procedure. Minimal risks associated with bunion surgery can include infection, toe stiffness, neuroma (nerve pain), slow healing, and localized numbness. Your surgeon will provide detailed information and follow-up care to ensure you have the best possible outcome and enjoy lasting relief from foot and bunion pain.
You will be provided with a cast boot, prescription, and a Cold Therapy Machine to aid in pain relief and to manage swelling while you heal. Most patients can immediately put gentle weight on the affected foot if they wear a protective, post-surgical cast boot. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to use crutches for a few days or stay off the foot for 2-3 weeks. Each patient is different, so your surgeon will tell you the best way to protect your foot and enjoy a prompt, full recovery.