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.
What are the goals and benefits of bunion surgery?
The MICA procedure is an innovative new option for those suffering from a bunion or hallux valgus. It is an effective way to permanently treat the pain, soreness, stiffness, and limited mobility caused by foot bunions. If you’re experiencing severe foot pain – even when wearing comfortable, supportive shoes – and the swelling and stiffness are affecting your daily activities, bunion surgery can provide relief. It can also prevent further damage to the joints and cartilage in your toe, which could eventually lead to arthritis. Some of the benefits of the MICA procedure over traditional bunion surgery is that it offers a quicker recovery as there is no need to wait for the bone to fuse, less pain as the incision is smaller, more mobility sooner, you will be up and around in half the time.