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Stepping Forward Toward Bunion Remedies

Steven Neufeld, MD, explains bunions and a procedure to correct them


Once the bone is cut below the joint, the toe and joint can then be strengthened

Bunion: A bunion is a “bump” of bone that most often forms at the base of the big toe joint. It occurs if bone or tissue at the joint moves out of place and forces the big toe to bend toward the others.


Minimally invasive bunion surgery

This innovative solution is a type of bunion surgery that allows the surgeon to guide a surgical cutting tool through a minuscule incision. This procedure corrects the deformity with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. A recommendation for minimally invasive bunion surgery depends on the patient’s bunion type.

Steven Neufeld, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is one of several surgeons performing minimally invasive bunion surgery in the region.


Traditionally, bunion removal surgery requires a large incision, followed by stitches, at least six months to heal and significant scar tissue that can become stiff and achy.

With a tiny incision, patients only need a sedative during the procedure; the doctor often closes with a butterfly bandage instead of stitches; and there’s significantly less swelling at the incision site. This all leads to a much quicker recovery.

Walk the Walk

Learn more about Inova’s treatment of foot conditions and watch a video about bunion surgery.

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