“I was referred to Dr. Kraus by a friend and I had hammertoe problems and bunions. I had put off seeing a podiatrist for years, so when I got to Dr. Kraus’ office he examined me and took the x-rays. We agreed on plan of care including surgery. I was reassured, very satisfied with his demeanor, and his passion for being such a professional. We basically went over the plan of care and the expected results. Surgery was scheduled and the experience what I anticipated it to be. His staff was courteous and I just can’t say enough about how pleased I was with the results.”
– Patient in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint – that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body”s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible. A bunion – from the Latin “bunio,” meaning enlargement – can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or “tailor”s bunion.