Bunion relief: Ashleigh Korves, DPM, offers miniBunion™ surgery for patients in Sonoma County, Calif.

For many people, standing, walking, or running can be extremely painful in and around the big toe. For most, the diagnosis is a bunion. A bunion looks like a bony bump on the inside of the foot at the big toe. But in reality, the bump forms when pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to get bigger and stick out. A bunion is a progressive disorder in which the deformity gradually increases and the big toe joint may become stiff and painful.

The treatment for bunions begins with conservative measures aimed at reducing pain and slowing down the progression of the bunion. Oftentimes, changes in footwear, orthotics, padding, icing and/or pain relievers can minimize your discomfort. But it won’t fix the bunion.

If conservative treatment doesn’t ease the pain and your bunion is disrupting your lifestyle, then it is time to look at surgical options. Usually, bunion surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure without a hospital stay, minimizing your time away from home.

minibunionFor mild or moderate bunions, the miniBunion™ is a new surgical option that is providing patients with a rapid return to real life. The miniBunion procedure is a minimally invasive technique for implanting a micro-implant. The procedure involves making a small incision less than one-inch on the side of the foot. During the procedure, the bones are realigned, the micro-implant is inserted, and the incision is closed.

Compared to traditional procedures, patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures like miniBunion, have an earlier return to activities, reduced pain and swelling, significantly smaller scar, and a faster return to walking. Discover more about Dr. Ashleigh Korves and miniBunion minimally invasive surgery at NCMA Foot and Ankle Center or call for a visit 707-575-6033.

Key benefits

  • Minimally invasive: small incision & less scarring,
  • Compared to other types of bunion surgery, the miniBunion procedure doesn’t violate the joint, allowing for better range of motion of the big toe joint after surgery, and
  • immediate weight bearing after surgery.

Learn more

To learn more about this innovative approach to toe pain caused by bunions, visit our miniBunion information page.

NCMA Foot and Ankle Center


Ashleigh E. Korves, DPM, FASPS

Ashleigh Korves, DPM, Podiatry

Ashleigh Korves, DPM, FASPS

1701 Fourth Street, Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: 707-575-6033
Fax: 707-573-6157

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