Major breakthrough for a common bone deformity

Putting the spring in your step

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A new surgical technique is a game changer for active, local women and men, and a St. Augustine doctor is one of the few who perform it.

On average, 30% of women in the U.S. have a bone deformity on their foot, also known as a bunion.

Traditionally, surgery will call for a surgeon to shave away at the protruding bone. Recovery takes months and about 70% of the time, the painful lump comes back.

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That's what happened to Jenna Jones.

"It's kind of embarrassing," Jones said. "It's a bone deformity, but I wouldn't have done anything to it if I didn't have pain."

The 31-year-old runner hung up her running shoes, because nothing could ease her suffering.


"The pain was the debilitating," Jones said. "It started affecting my everyday life."

With one surgery under her belt and no relief, Jones had given up — until she met Dr. Hort. He is one of a handful of surgeons to use special titanium plates to restabilize and secure the joint.

"The newer technology -- those risks are a lot less, and so I think people in general are probably going to become more comfortable with it," Dr. Hort said.

He operated on Jones in July. She has already seen a huge improvement. The X-rays speak for itself.

"Technically, it went as well as it could go," Dr. Hort said. "Sometimes that's hard in re-do situations because the bones have been cut. They're not exactly normal."

But, Jones said she finally feels normal.

Next up … a marathon.

"It's on the list" Jones said. "I'm gonna sign up for one, and start training hard-core."

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