Understanding Bunions

In this video, Dr. Baravarian discusses bunion causes and treatment options.


A bunion typically appears as a bump on the inside edge of the foot, where the innermost bone of the foot meets the big toe. The bump appears when the first metatarsal shifts outward so that the head of the bone protrudes on the inside of the foot near the big toe joint.


If you suffer from bunions, you’re in good company (although it may not feel like it by the end of the day). Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, affecting an estimated 25-33% of adults. Bunions occur the most in women and older adults.

Is Surgery the Only Treatment Option for Bunions?

Carmerlla discusses her bunion revision surgery surgery at UFAI and how it has changed her life.


Yes and no. While you can technically only “fix” a bunion with surgery, there are non-surgical treatments that will help relieve symptoms.


These include wider shoe gear, orthotic inserts and stretching exercises to reduce pressure on the joint of the bunion. When the bunion is painful despite conservative treatments, you should discuss surgery with a qualified and experienced foot surgeon.

Read more about the different stages of a bunion and varying treatments options.

For Over a Decade, Nationally Recognized as a Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence

With decades of combined experience, the bunion surgeons at University Foot and Ankle Institute have collectively performed over 20,000 bunion surgeries and have one of the highest success rates in the country.


Years of research have proved that no one bunion procedure works for everyone. The majority of bunion surgeons have one universal procedure for all of their patients and can lead to unsuccessful surgical outcomes. UFAI is one of the few practices in the world that are trained in all 44 variations of bunion surgery.


It’s our experience and expertise with the different bunion surgeries that allows us to determine the very best option for each individual patient. This means the quickest, most comfortable, pain-free and successful surgery available.

Read more about the types of bunion surgery available at UFAI.



What's The Gold Standard for Bunion Surgery?

Dr. Baravarian explains why the lapidus bunionectomy is considered to be the Gold Standard for bunion surgery.

Lapidus bunionectomy, considered the Gold Standard for bunion surgery, is the most advanced and permanent option ever available for bunion correction. For the right patient, this procedure has the highest success rates with essentially a 0% chance of the bunion returning.


University Foot and Ankle Institute is one of the few institutes that offer this procedure. We assisted in developing the technology that allows for immediate weight bearing following the surgery. Our rate of fusion (success) for the Lapidus Procedure is 99.9%, among the highest in the country.



Our Patient Care is Second to None

Our family friendly staff is one of our greatest assets and our number one priority is our patients. We have the our own imaging services, brace and orthotic manufacturing, as well as on-site physical therapy clinic and state-of-the-art operating rooms. This often eliminates the need to go from one office to another and allows us to coordinate all services and specialties for our patients in a single location. From start to finish, we are with you every step of the way.



UFAI, Innovators in Bunion Care

We are constantly researching and developing new technologies and techniques to advance the best possible surgical outcomes for physicians everywhere. It was our surgeons who developed procedures that infuse stem cells and amniotic cells during bunion surgery. These advanced technologies help prevent scar formation, speed up recovery time and decrease the need for physical therapy.


We work with manufactures in the development of surgical products and appliances and always are conducting studies to advance the state-of-the-art technologies used in bunion surgery. Currently we are studying the relevance of bone marrow infusion and gelling techniques for several types of bunion surgeries including the Lapidus Procedure.


Our surgeons are often asked to share their experience and expertise. They have published dozens of articles and case studies in many scientific journals, including Podiatry Today and Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. They are regularly invited to lecture at The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Western Podiatric Medical Association conventions, as well seminars around the world.

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