Laser treatment for bunions

Bunions are a common problem for many men and women. They are recognisable by a protruding bump beneath the big toe on the outside of the foot. While several treatment options are available, laser treatment has not yet fully evolved for bunions. A bunion is not simply a bony bump; it is evidence of a foot deformity.

Bunions are a common problem for many men and women. They are recognisable by a protruding bump beneath the big toe on the outside of the foot. While several treatment options are available, laser treatment has not yet fully evolved for bunions.

Significance

A bunion is not simply a bony bump; it is evidence of a foot deformity. Bunions are a progressive condition and worsen over time. Treatment is necessary to alleviate pain and correct the problem.

  • Bunions are a common problem for many men and women.
  • Bunions are a progressive condition and worsen over time.

Considerations

Certain foot types are more prone to bunions than others. It is an inherited condition. Tight shoes are not actually a cause, but they do worsen existing bunions.

Treatments

Treatments for bunions may include orthotics, medication, loosefitting shoes, ice, extra padding, injections, or a toe splint. Surgery may be necessary if other treatments fail to provide relief. Laser treatment is not among the options.

Laser

A laser uses a finely focused light beam that vaporises tissue and converts water in the cells into a steam. Bones are thicker and do not contain the amount of water that soft tissue does, making it impossible for lasers to vaporise the bone (bunion).

Function

A laser can be used by a surgeon to make the incision at the site of the bunion, but laser treatment has not yet evolved to correct the bone build-up of a bunion.

  • Treatments for bunions may include orthotics, medication, loosefitting shoes, ice, extra padding, injections, or a toe splint.
  • A laser can be used by a surgeon to make the incision at the site of the bunion, but laser treatment has not yet evolved to correct the bone build-up of a bunion.

Conclusion

Lasers cannot remove bone; they can burn bone, which is not an effective remedy for bunions. Laser treatment cannot be used to remove the large bump of a bunion deformity.

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