As a Bunion develops the larger bone connected to the big toe, the metatarsal, gradually starts to bend towards the outside of the foot. This results in a bony spur growth out of the joint below the big toe. The Lapidus procedure is a surgical method of correcting the position of the toe so that it remains in its natural place.
The Lapidus procedure involves mending two bones near the arch of the foot, which because of their flexibility have contributed to the Bunion growing in the first place. This procedure is generally recommended for people who have moderate to severe Bunion deformities that area painful. The Lapidus procedure is reserved for larger bunion deformities as well as those associated with hypermobility.