A Hallux Valgus, more commonly known as a bunion, is a large, protruding bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions can cause swelling, soreness and inflammation – although not all bunions are painful.
Bunions occur when the metatarsal joint at the base of the big toe becomes misaligned. The big toe may angle toward the smaller toes, creating a crooked bump that usually gets larger over time. A bulging metatarsal bone can put pressure on the joint and wear down the cartilage, making it increasingly difficult to walk or run without bunion or foot pain.
Although there are some people who may be congenitally predisposed to acquiring bunions, the main cause of bunions is ill-fitting or overly tight shoes, high heels or improper footwear.
Am I a bunion surgery candidate?
The MICA procedure is most effective in those who have not yet developed extensive arthritis in the metatarsal joint. This procedure is not appropriate for people who have active infections, circulation issues, or uncontrolled diabetes.
An Orthopedic Surgeon is the best person to accurately assess your condition and determine whether you would benefit from the MICA procedure. You will be required to have a recent (i.e. within the past 3 months) standing x-ray of both feet.
What is the MICA procedure?
Two of the most typical traditional bunion procedures are the Chevron procedure and the Akinprocedure. MICA (Minimally Invasive Chevron and Akin) is a next generation orthopaedic cosmetic procedure that combines the best of both strategies and is ideal for the treatment of bunions, and correction of mild to moderate big toe deformity. MICA is an innovative, technologically advanced procedure and offers patients a choice from traditional bunion surgery.
MICA is the first surgical technique performed through the skin for correction of bunions to combine the cutting of the toe bones through small minimally invasive incisions on the skin with the benefits of the modern procedure to internally stabilize the bones.
It can help provide relief from pain and make it possible for patients to be active and enjoy life again. Because it is a minimally invasive surgery and the bones are stabilized as part of the procedure, patients are usually able to walk out of the facility and return to normal activity within a few days after the procedure with no casts or crutches. Furthermore, MICA patients report much less pain and swelling and the resulting scar looks better cosmetically.
Where to go for MICA surgery?
Centric Health Surgical Centre Toronto now offers the MICA surgery.
An initial consultation with the surgeon will identify if you are a candidate for MICA and provide information on the most effective bunion treatment options for resolution of bunion symptoms.
As this procedure is a private orthopaedic cosmetic procedure, there is no need for a referral from a family doctor. All Consultation, Surgical and Follow Up Fees are covered in the total cost of the procedure.
Imagine getting back to favourite activities a few days after surgery.