Arizona Foot

Arizona foot logo

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery?

One of the options for bunion treatment is a less invasive surgery called minimally invasive bunion surgery or minimal incision surgery. Our team of experienced podiatrists at Arizona Foot, led by Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS, specializes in this innovative technique aimed at offering patients with a quicker, less traumatic and more successful solution to their problems caused by bunion.

1. Disease Identification

The first step in the process is a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Our podiatrists will examine your foot, take X-rays and inquire about your medical history in order to ascertain how severe your bunion is and what the best treatment alternatives are. The above detailed evaluation confirms that bunion surgery with the least invasive methodology is the best choice for you.

2. Minimally Invasive Bunion Treatments

While performing minimally invasive surgery for bunion, our skilled foot doctors cut a small opening on the foot side to facilitate access to the affected joint without interfering with much of surrounding tissue. Moreover, by using special tools and methods, they set bones right and eliminate deformity. A minimal invasion method brings about reduced effects on the foot as well as faster healing process involving little or no inflammation compared to the traditional type of open treatment.

3. Bunion Surgery Recovery!

One of the most significant advantages of minimally invasive bunion surgery is the accelerated recovery process. Unlike open surgery, which often requires weeks or even months of immobilization and rehabilitation, patients who undergo minimally invasive bunion surgery at Arizona Foot can typically walk on their foot immediately after the procedure, although crutches or a surgical boot may be recommended for a short period. Less trauma to the foot also means that there will be less pain and swelling after surgery, so patients can get back to their usual routine faster.


4. Risks and Complications

While minimally invasive bunion surgery is generally considered safer than open surgery, there are still potential risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. Our experienced podiatrists at Arizona Foot will discuss these risks with you in detail during your consultation and take every precaution to minimize them.

Before and after minimally invasive bunion surgery

When you see something, then you will be able to believe it. The difference between the appearance of the feet before and after a minimally invasive bunion surgery is often quite impressive. This visual representation helps illustrate how this new surgical technique can change everything.


Previous to a minimally invasive bunion surgery, many patients experience severe foot pain, discomfort and deformity. The prominent bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe is called a bunion which causes the big toe to move sideways towards other toes resulting in friction, inflammation or difficulty in walking or wearing shoes.

In the first set of pictures feet with outstanding misshapen bunions protruding outwards are commonly seen with maybe swelling or redness as well as other signs of discomfort.

After having a minimal invasive bunion operation at Arizona Foot what follows is simply amazing. After pictures revealed feet whose natural alignment had been restored by correcting the bunion deformity and straightening out the big toe.

This does not only enhance foot beauty but also remove all pains and discomforts related with bunions such that one can walk, exercise and do their daily duties easily and with confidence.

Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS leads a team of experienced podiatrists who are committed to providing their patients with excellent care and surpassing expectations. Our doctors can perform the most complex bunion surgeries using modern techniques that require small incisions while employing latest technological equipment.

At Arizona Foot, we realize that every patient's path is unique and therefore take time to carefully evaluate each case in order to come up with an individualized treatment plan addressing your specific needs and goals. Before and after photos on our website depict the exceptional results possible with minimally invasive bunion surgery including pain relief, better mobility or more attractive feet.

Why Should I Choose Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Over Open Bunion Surgery?

Minimally invasive bunion surgery has several luring advantages over the usual open procedure:

  1. Smaller incisions: The limited incisions for minimally invasive bunion surgery result in less tissue trauma, minimal scarring and faster healing.
  2. Quicker recovery: Patients who have undergone minimally invasive bunion surgery stay a shorter time of recuperation and can often walk on their feet immediately after the operation instead of having weeks or even months of immobilization as is with open surgery.
  3. Less pain and swelling: Even though post-operative pain and swelling are reduced because minimally invasive bunion surgery is associated with less foot trauma thereby enabling an easier recuperation.
  4. Improved cosmetic outcome: Minimal scarring marks which accompany minimal invasive bunion surgeries outweigh those produced through the conventional open surgeries.
  5. Lower risk of complications: With little damage to tissues and a shortened time for return to normalcy, minimal invasive bunion procedures reduce the risks that include infections, damaged nerves or excessive scar tissue formation

Why shouldn't I get minimally invasive bunion surgery?

However, not all people may benefit from minimal invasive bunion surgery. Here are several factors which might make you an unsuitable candidate for this operation:

  1. Extreme bunion deformity: In situations of very serious bunion deformities, open surgery can be used to get the desired correction.
  2. Specific health problems: An underlying disease such as diabetes, poor circulation or immune system disorder can increase the possible complications during any surgical procedure including minimally invasive bunion surgery.
  3. Presence of arthritis: Open surgery may be needed if the bunion deformity is accompanied by significant arthritis in the affected joint to treat both conditions at the same time.

At Arizona Foot, our podiatrists will carefully review your individual case and determine if you should undergo a minimally invasive bunionectomy or not.

Who does minimally invasive bunion surgery?

Our podiatrists at Arizona Foot are highly skilled and experienced. They specialize in minimally invasive bunion surgery, led by Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS. This board-certified podiatric surgeon is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, thus ensuring you the best care and knowledge during this complex procedure.

This allows our podiatrists to use minimal surgical techniques that result in successful bunion corrections without traumatizing the foot. Our team at Arizona Foot keeps abreast with the latest developments in podiatry to ensure that we offer you cutting-edge treatment options that will work for you.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Recovery Time

One of the most important advantages of minimally invasive bunion surgery is that it helps patients recover much faster than traditional open surgeries. Expectedly, this varies from case to case and can depend on how severe the condition is. However, for most cases at Arizona Foot where minimally invasive bunion surgery takes place, the following timing is expected:

  1. Immediate recovery: Right away after a surgical procedure patients are typically able to walk with a surgical boot or crutches bearing weight on their legs. In contrast to open surgery that often necessitates several weeks of non-weight-bearing and immobilization.
  2. First week: Few swelling signs and discomfort may be felt by patients during the first week that can be easily handled using over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. Laying light activities’ foundation will enhance healing along with blood flow.
  3. 2-4 weeks: In 2-4 weeks many people move into more comfortable shoes and commence normal activity gradually. Patients may also require physical therapy to regain motion as well as strength in foot.
  4. 6-8 weeks: The majority of patients have completely healed and are capable of getting back to their usual activities including regular exercising routines, sports without major limitations by six-eight postoperative weeks

It should be noted that the recovery process of each patient is different, and our doctors at Arizona Foot will offer you specialized directions and counsel to help you have a relaxed and fruitful recuperation time.

A walking minimally invasive bunion surgery recovery!

One of the most remarkable advantages of minimally invasive bunion surgery is the ability to walk immediately after the procedure. Unlike traditional open surgery, which often requires weeks or even months of non-weight-bearing and immobilization, patients who undergo minimally invasive bunion surgery at Arizona Foot can typically bear weight on their foot and walk with the assistance of a surgical boot or crutches right away.

This "walking recovery" offers several significant benefits:

Bunion walking recovery

  1. Improved flow of blood: Immediately after the procedure, patients can begin to walk and move around, which increases the circulation in their feet, thus boosting the wound healing process and reducing cases of complications such as blood clots or swelling.
  2. Quick return to daily activities: Patients are able to resume their normal daily routines faster because they can walk and put weight on their feet, which shortens recovery time.
  3. Stronger muscles and joints: Light exercises and walking during recovery prevent muscle wasting and joint stiffness that result from being immobile for an extended period; it helps maintain flexibility in affected foot muscles and joints.
  4. Better mental health: With increased mobility during patient’s healing period also comes some level of independence that is good for his/her mental well-being.

At Arizona Foot, our experienced podiatrists will give you tailored advice on how to navigate through your ambulatory care after undergoing minimally invasive bunion surgery. This includes the proper use of assistive devices such as crutches or surgical boot as well as instructions on what exercises are right for you at different stages of healing.

Will minimally invasive bunion correction work for every type of bunion?

Note however, that bunion surgery might not be an option for every bunion deformity. The extent to which the treatment is successful relies heavily on how bad and complicated the patient’s foot deformity is as well as their overall health condition and individual circumstances.

Our experienced knowledge podiatrists at Arizona Foot, headed by Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS analyze each case thoroughly to establish whether minimally invasive bunion surgery should be performed or not. Listed below are some of the factors that can affect whether this type of procedure will work or not:

  1. The seriousness of the bunion deformity: Mild to moderate bunions are usually best managed by minimally invasive bunion surgery, but in cases of severe advanced or rigid bunions, traditional open surgery may be necessary to achieve satisfactory correction and realignment.
  2. Presence of arthritis: Open surgery may be required if the bunion deformity is accompanied with significant arthritis in the affected joint to take care both conditions at once.
  3. Prior foot surgeries: Because of likely complications and lack of mobility in the tissue there might be potential problems for minimally invasive techniques among patients with prior foot surgeries or those who have marked scarring in that region.
  4. General health and medical conditions: Minimally invasive bunion surgery carries risks like other operations, especially for those with specific illnesses such as diabetes, poor circulation or immune system disorders.

Available at Arizona Foot is a comprehensive consultation which involves thorough examination by our podiatrist, including conducting an X-ray and other diagnostic tests to assess the severity of your bunion deformity and ascertain which treatment plan will be most appropriate. The whole procedure toward minimal invasive bunion surgery is covered in full by our staff in order to ensure that it becomes successful and safe.

However, if your specific condition or circumstances make you a better candidate for traditional open surgery, our podiatrists will explain the reasoning behind their suggestion and work with you closely to design a custom care plan that addresses your individual needs and objectives.

Why choose the Arizona Foot for your bunion care?

Arizona Foot prides itself in giving their patients the best care available through bunion correction and other ailments that may affect the foot, found at 7304 E Deer Valley Road Ste #100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Below are some of the reasons why you should choose Arizona Foot for your bunion care.

  1. Experience and Skillful Podiatrists: Our podiatrist team, led by Dr Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS, is experienced in performing minimally invasive bunion surgery. With a board-certified podiatric surgeon and fellow of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), Dr. DiNucci guarantees you top most qualified services.
  2. Advanced Facilities: Arizona Foot utilizes current technologies as well as state-of-the-art facilities to enhance accuracy during minimal invasive bunion surgery performed by our esteemed podiatrists. Our contemporary devices and approaches reduce harm to the foot, thus making it easier to recover quickly.
  3. Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment Planning: At Arizona Foot we believe in comprehensive patient care. Our doctors will evaluate your condition thoroughly, take X-rays and discuss your medical history with you so that they can come up with an appropriate treatment plan tailored specifically for your specific needs and objectives
  4. Personalized Care and Attention: Each patient is unique, so we take the time to hear your concerns, respond to your questions, and give you individualized care throughout your journey of treatment.
  5. Commitment to Patient Education: Our team focuses on teaching our patients about their conditions and what can be done about them. We believe that patients who know what they are dealing with make better choices concerning their health and actively take part in overcoming it.
  6. Convenient Location and Accessibility: Patients throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area as well as surrounding communities can easily reach Arizona Foot by Scottsdale foot clinic because it is situated at a convenient location in Scottsdale.
  7. Proven Track Record and Positive Patient Outcomes: Arizona Foot has an excellent record of successful minimal invasive bunion surgeries with satisfied patients. Several positive reviews from our numerous clients tell you about our dedication to being the best as well as how much satisfaction our services give them.

If you have been suffering from bunions’ pain or deformity, rely upon experienced committed staff at Arizona Foot to help you out. Call us today on 480.342.9999 to book an appointment for consultancy which will see you live a more comfortable life without any pain.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Reviews

At Arizona Foot, we take great pride in the exceptional care and outstanding results we provide to our patients undergoing minimally invasive bunion surgery. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the numerous positive reviews and testimonials we have received from satisfied patients.

Here are just a few examples of what our patients have to say about their experience with minimally invasive bunion surgery at Arizona Foot:

Non Invasive Bunion Surgery Questions

MICA stands for Minimally Invasive Chevron Akin. This is the name of the small incision (minimally invasive) operation which is a much less invasive surgery to correct bunions.

A bunion is a bony prominence on the side of the big toe joint. This occurs due to a persons genetics and accelerated by improper shoes. In advanced stages the big toe leans towards the second toe and occasionally the second toe overlaps the big toe. The medical diagnosis is called hallux valgus.

A bunion occurs when the bones supporting the big toe move away from the middle of the foot and the big toe leans toward the other toes. Standard shoes are not made to accommodate a bunion, therefore bunions often rub inside shoes. This may cause inflammation (redness) and pain.

Not all bunions are painful and some can be present without much pain. The movement of the big toe can also cause pressure on the second toe, which can also become deformed creating a hammer toe. Occasionally the second toe will cross over the big toe and may create significant difficulties with dress shoes.

The decision as to whether to operate on a bunion generally driven by pain and limitation of footwear and it is important that you are assessed by an experienced Foot & Ankle surgeon specializing in Bunion repair.

Bunions are commonly inherited and run in families. This genetic link and the majority of people with bunions have a family member with the same problem. Approximately 1/3rd of the population will develop a bunion at some stage in their lives.

Tight footwear can also be important and it is likely that this contributes to the development of bunions in people who are already genetically at risk. This probably explains why the condition is much more common in females than males. In other words, high heeled and pointed toe shoes are not the main cause of the problem, but such footwear can accelerate the condition.

Other causes of Hallux valgus include injury, arthritis and muscle imbalance.

Around half of all bunion sufferers do not need surgery. The aim of non-surgical treatment is to relieve pressure on the bunion and to try to prevent the development of pressure sores and ulcers.

In some cases, comfortable, well-fitted shoes are sufficient to alleviate pain. In some cases, a podiatrist may be able to help with symptoms by making an inner sole to go inside the shoe. There are a lot of splints, pads and cushions sold commercially which may help with symptoms although none of these will correct the bunion. Nothing other than surgery can correct a bunion.

Surgery is recommended when bunions are painful and cannot be treated non-surgically. This is a decision best made with an experienced foot an ankle surgeon such who has extensive experience with this surgery.

The principle of bunion correction surgery is to anatomically align the big toe joint, remove the bunion prominence and straighten the big toe.

This procedure is a significant improvement on traditional bunion repairs as the technique is performed through minimal incisions and the instrumentation and fixation allows for a quicker recovery.


Dr. Kris Dinucci

Customer Feedback

At Arizona Foot, we take great pride in the positive feedback we receive from our patients. Their satisfaction is our top priority. And we strive to exceed their expectations with every interaction. Here are a few testimonials from our valued patients: