The miniBunion™ system is a minimally-invasive surgical technique for implanting a micro-titanium implant. This patent-pending implant has been designed to provide immediate stability to a bunion patient’s foot to allow a fast return to activity.
Many people with bunions have them because of genetics. If this is the case, you will likely start to notice them in your 20s or 30s, but bunions can develop at any age. A genetic predisposition makes you prone to developing the bunion, and lifestyle factors cause the formation of the bunion to progress. Painful bunions are very common, with over three million adults in the United States suffering from them last year. Other causes of bunions are tight shoes, arthritis, and anything else that puts stress on the feet. Since shoes that are tight and narrow around the toes are one of the leading causes of bunions, more women develop them than men. High heels and other pointy toed shoes are notorious for causing bunions to form.
Since bunions come in different shapes and sizes, surgical treatment options will depend on the extent of your bunion - mild, moderate or severe. Other factors your surgeon will take into consideration when creating your treatment plan include your age, x-ray results, physical exam, and activity level. This will help your surgeon select the bunion procedure that is best suited for your bunion. Recovery time after bunion surgery varies greatly and depends a lot on the procedure or procedures selected by your surgeon.Request Bunion Consultation
Dr. Eman Elmi is a Podiatrist, Surgeon, and Foot and Ankle specialist who's passionate about helping his patients overcome their foot and ankle conditions. He completed his undergraduate education in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Diego, and went on to receive his doctorate at the California School of Podiatric Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class. Thereafter he completed his 3-year surgical residency in Foot & Ankle Surgery with Rearfoot Reconstruction at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training and experience in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopy, sports medicine, biomechanics, foot and ankle trauma, wound care and diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Elmi has additional training in minimally invasive surgery, providing better outcomes for his patients. Dr. Elmi has partnered with BASS Medical Group in 2021 to bring his patients the best care possible.
Dr. Shayan Essapoor is a Podiatrist, Surgeon, and Foot and Ankle specialist whose primary focus is helping his patients conquer their lower extremity pathology. He completed his undergraduate education in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience at UC Irvine, and went on to receive his doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences with Honors. Subsequently, he completed his 3-year residency in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto with affiliations at Stanford Medical Center and Kaiser San Jose serving as chief resident. He received extensive training in diabetic limb salvage, elective Foot and Ankle reconstruction, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Joint Replacement and Trauma. Dr. Essapoor is dedicated to develop quality and effective treatment plans that are individualized for each patient given their unique pathology and different needs. He believes working closely with patients in a joint approach is critical to allow them to achieve their foot and ankle goals. He brings an extensive amount of both modern clinical and surgical expertise to help his patients achieve the best outcome. Dr. Essapoor is an active member of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and American Podiatric Medical Association.
We treat foot and ankle conditions and perform complex surgeries of the lower extremities to help get you back on your feet quickly and safely. Here at Diablo Foot and Ankle we offer 13 different treatment options. These procedures include Advanced Cartilage Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, miniBunion minimally invasive surgery, Bunion and Hammertoe Correction, Shockwave Therapy, Diabetic Wound Care, Custom Orthotic Treatment, Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Foot and Ankle Sprain Treatment, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fungal Nail Treatment, Minimally Invasive Surgery, AmnioFix Injections, and Tendon Rupture and Repair. At Diablo Foot and Ankle we are taking all the steps necessary to ensure your visit is safe during these times of uncertainty.
Our commitment to excellence in patient care is very important to us at Diablo Foot & Ankle. We treat all patients with respect and care when evaluating their condition and finding the best healthcare treatment available. We pride ourselves on creating a great patient experience, and we hope to meet you soon. We are very proud of our staff and the work they do. Our offices are open five days a week and our staff does their very best to make sure every patient is comfortable during his/her visit.
This video by one of our top bunion deformity specialists, Dr. Eman Elmi, answers one of the most common questions our patients ask: How do bunions form?
Dr. Elmi discusses the small lifestyle changes you can make to control the progression of bunions, medications to help control pain, and more!
I was amazed at how knowledgeable, kind, and quickly he solved my problem of having a callus on the bottom of my foot - I had seen a couple of other podiatrists - one being at UCSF - and neither of them seemed to know what to do to stop the pain. My son had used Dr. Elmi and highly recommended him and being very tired of limping around in pain all the time, and without much hope, decided to at least try one more doctor. As I said at the beginning of this review, I could hardly believe how quickly and easily he not only got rid of the pain but showed me exactly what was causing it and exactly what insert to get and where to get it (REI). I've been just fine every since and we're so lucky to have Dr. Elmi right here in Strawberry/Mill Valley - he's the best!