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.
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."
He is one of a handful of surgeons to perform Lapiplasty which uses special titanium plates to restabilize and secure the joint.
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."