Santa Monica Bunion Surgery

Updated 1/3/2020

The Best Bunion Surgeons in Santa Monica

As an internationally recognized leader in the field of podiatric medicine for more than fifteen years, we've achieved a reputation as being among the most experienced and successful foot and ankle surgeons and podiatry practices in the nation.


Our hallux valgus orthopaedic surgeons are leaders in permanent bunion correction with surgical treatments that not only eliminates pain, but leave virtually no scars.


Surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis in our state of the art surgery centers. Additionally, our bunion state-of-the-art bunion correction techniques and technologies make our bunion surgeries virtually painless.


They're over 44 different bunion surgeries, but only a few surgical procedures are truly effective for our Santa Monica patients:


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Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™ 

Considered today's gold standard surgical techniques for bunion deformities.

MinVasive Bunionectomy™

A great minimally invasive bunon surgery option with the tiniest incision ever. 

Austin or Chevron Procedure Long Arm Osteotomy

Among the most common bunion surgeries.

Akin Bunionectomy

Frequently performed as an adjunct procedure.

Tailor’s Bunion Surgery

A straight forward bunion surgery for a bunion of the little toe (bunionette).


Other bunion removal surgery options include:

  • Opening Wedge bunionectomy-bone wedge placed between 1st & 2nd metatarsals
  • Tightrope with Austin Bunionectomy-complex surgery for severe deformity
  • McBride Bunionectomy-removal of bony bump without cutting & shifting bone
  • Scarf Bunionectomy- long “z” shaped cut on first metatarsal for aligning bones


Though technically the only method for fixing a foot bunion is with surgery, our specialists take great pride in creating individualized treatment plans for each patient, with some achieving beneficial symptom relief with non-invasive bunion correction and bunion treatment without surgery.



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Santa Monica Non-Invasive Bunion Correction Treatments


According to our Board Certified Podiatric Foot Surgeons, any bunion can be fixed.


There are a number of non-invasive, non-surgical bunion correction treatments for Santa Monica patients that can help slow down or even stop the growth of a bunion and damage to the big toe joint.


University Foot and Ankle Institute, Santa Monica urges patients to try non-surgical bunion treatments whenever possible.


Surgery, no matter how minor, is still surgery, and should be avoided whenever possible. This also includes foot surgery.


There are a number of non-invasive care options at our Santa Monica Bunion Clinic, including:

  • Appropriate shoes (with a wider toe box) and custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to relieve pressure on the foot deformity.

  • Use of pads to protect from shoe pressure
  • Medications: over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications (always take on a full stomach)

  • New techniques such as PRP or amniotic membrane injections
  • Bunion exercises and stretches to help realign the first metatarsal & big toe
  • Splints
  • Activity modification

We can also provide information relating to the good results being achieved from our cutting-edge bunion treatments with no actual cutting, such as Botulin Toxin,which can greatly reduce your foot pain.



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Which Bunion Treatment Option is Best for Me?

Our consistent message for patients in the Santa Monica area is that there is no such thing as “one procedure fits all”.


Providing leading-edge care from start to finish, we always evaluate each bunion patient individually.

This is a critical part of establishing a unique bunion treatment plan for our patients in Santa Monica and throughout Los Angeles which do not always included bunion surgery. After your examination and xrays, our orthopaedic surgeons and podiatrists may have non-invasive techniques that may relive your bunion pain and eliminate or delay the need for a bunionectomy.


Non-Invasive Bunion Treatments

  • Topical medications
  • Use of new techniques such as PRP or amniotic membrane injections
  • Ice packs and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Stretching exercises and range of motion maneuvers to relive discomfort


Looking for a bunin surgeon in Santa Monica? Call University Foot and Ankle Institute to schedule a consultation and learn more about our state-of-the-art advanced bunion treatment technologies and our commitment to providing leading-edge foot care to each patient. 877-989-9110.


Learn more about out Santa Monica Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence here.


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