Collectively, Dr. Rockmore and Dr. Horling have performed several hundred procedures using the latest minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques. The latest techniques using internal fixation allow most patients to walk on their feet the same day of surgery and get their feet wet after the 10th post-operative day.
We use the latest innovations in reconstructive foot surgery, including the Darco internal fixation plates, bone stimulators, and absorbable pins and screws. This allows for a more stabile correction and added security for a predictible healing, early walking and early return to normal activities.
Bunion Surgery Testimonials and Hammertoe Surgery Testimonials:
"My foot had a hammer toe and the biggest bunion you could ever have seen. I was in a lot of pain for years... Since the surgery my foot feels 100% better. No doubt in my mind I would do it again. I wouldn;t go to anyone else. I've already been getting compliments on my foot."
"...thanks to Dr. Rockmore...I felt no pain during or after surgery."
"The surgery was a huge sucess. I would strongly recommend Dr. Rockmore (which I already have) because of his gentle, caring and comfortable manner before and after surgery"
"I had bunion surgery previously on this foot, but I was still in a lot of pain. Dr. Rockmore explained the surgery to me in a very clear way. he answereed any questions that I had. My surgery went terrific. I couldn't be happier. I am completely without pain now, thanks to Dr. Rockmore. "
"Dr. Rockmore was great and the surgery went very well."
"I had surgery on both feet [on different dates]. I had bunions and corns removed. I had major surgery on my bone and nearly no pain after the surgery... He is a very good doctor with excellent bedside manners."
Great Toe Fusion Testimonials:
I had a bunion that stuck out and could not wear boot, so I had the surgery and my foot feels fine. I would [do] it again. All doctors should be as compassionate as him. I recommend him to other people."
A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunions form when the toe moves out of place. The enlargement and its protuberance cause friction and pressure as they rub against footwear. Over time, the movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toes, sometimes overlapping a third toe (known as Hallux Varus). The growing enlargement or protuberance then causes more irritation or inflammation. In some cases, the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists, which is known as Hallus Abducto Varus. Bunions can also lead to other toe deformities, such as hammertoe.
Many people with bunions suffer from discomfort and pain from the constant irritation, rubbing, and friction of the enlargement against shoes. The skin over the toe becomes red and tender. Because this joint flexes with every step, the bigger the bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Over time, bursitis or arthritis may set in, the skin on the bottom of the foot may become thicker, and everyday walking may become difficult -- all contributing to chronic pain.
Wearing shoes that are too tight is the leading cause of bunion pain. Bunions are not hereditary, but they do tend to run in families, usually because of a faulty foot structure. Foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, flat feet, and pronated feet can contribute to their formation. It is estimated that bunions occur in 33 percent of the population in Western countries.
Treatment for Bunions
Because they are bone deformities, bunions do not resolve by themselves. The goal for bunion treatment is twofold: first, to relieve the pressure and pain cause by irritations, and second to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement. Commonly used methods for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions include:
The use of protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
Changing to carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.
Orthotic devices -- both over-the-counter and custom made -- to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly. This is often recommended for adolescents with bunions, because their bone development may still be adaptable.
Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe.trengthen them. Learn to pick up small objects with your toes. Wear shoes that fit properly and that do not cramp or pinch your toes. Women should avoid shoes with high heels or pointed toes.