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Understanding Bunion Deformity: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Jul 21, 2023 | Bunion Deformity, Foot Conditions

A bunion deformity is a condition where the big toe joint becomes misaligned and protrudes outward, causing pain and discomfort. Conservative treatments include wearing comfortable shoes (typically with a wider toe box), using orthotics or padding to cushion the affected area, and taking anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling.

Minimally invasive surgical treatments are also available for more severe cases of bunion deformity. Dr. Salvatore Meleca is an expert in these procedures, which involve making small incisions and using specialized instruments to realign the joint without having to remove any bone.

Dr. Salvatore Meleca uses advanced imaging techniques to ensure precise placement of the realignment, and patients usually experience significantly less pain and faster recovery times than with traditional surgical methods. These procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few weeks.

If you are suffering from bunion deformity, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your individual situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment option. Whether you opt for conservative treatments or minimally invasive surgery, the goal is to relieve pain and restore function, allowing you to get back to your daily activities as soon as possible.

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About Dr. Salvatore Meleca, DPM

Salvatore Meleca, DPM is a highly respected foot and ankle surgeon with extensive training and experience in podiatric medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was mentored by Dr. Ettore Vulcano, a world-renowned orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. Under the directorship of Dr. Jacob Silverstone, Dr. Meleca completed a 3 year surgical residency, performing and participating in various specialty surgeries such as orthopedics, plastics, vascular and more. His greatest qualities that are brought to his foot and ankle care are his sophisticated approach to conservative treatments, his careful surgical procedural selection, and his capabilities in performing minimally invasive technique surgeries.

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