Surgery for Bunion

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  • Anonymous Bunion

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 123 lbs
    16
    Dec2015
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Cortisone Injection

    I have bunions on both my feet. I had successful surgery on my right foot 6 years ago and am so glad I did! The recovery was long and painful, but so worth it!! I continued to work out at home with a personal trainer sitting in a chair to keep active and fit until I could get back to the gym.

    I am currently having problems with my left foot. I just had my second steroid shot to put off surgery. The first one lasted 7 months; I'm hoping this one will last that long. The hardest part of the surgery is waiting to get back to the gym!!


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  • vosen3000 Bunion

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 180 lbs
    15
    Dec2015
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Surgery
      Not Improved
      Toe Separator

    After years living with a bunion, the pain got bad enough that I opted for surgery. The surgery did help, about 80%.

    I recently discovered an essential oil that REALLY really helps!! Get some Tagetes oil and rub on the sore spot. You won't regret it, I promise.


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  • TriTrev Bunion

    • Age n/a
    08
    Nov2012

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery
      Almost Cured
      Massage, Stretching, Toe Separator, Bunion Splint

    I had a Podiatrist perform reconstructive surgery on my right foot which was causing daily pain/made it impossible to run anything more than 20mins, in Dec 2004, my left foot was to follow later.....its almost 8 years later, and I haven't bothered....and have little intention until I "have to" get it fixed

    Honestly unless you are in daily pain, or the bunion is affecting training do not go the way of surgery. Foot massage, big toe stretches, arch exercises, wearing of night splints, toe spacers etc have all worked in some way to keep the left foot from affecting my life/training.....I will only undergo surgery on the left foot to reduce the width of the bunion if it became a problem with shoe fit or daily pain.

    After surgery it took almost 6 months before I could start to jog pain free for short periods, and a full year before I was running properly, and entering 5/10ks, 18 months before a marathon... so consider your timeframe before surgery.

    I'm glad I did deal with a Sports Podiatrist, it made it easier to discuss expectations etc, thah with a regular non sports surgeon, and he is on board with me not having the other foot "fixed", with the understanding that you just cannot leave it to its own devices, I still see him every 6 months etc, to monitor both feet.....it helps to have a good insurance plan !


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  • LittleMama Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had bunions since I was a teen. Every day for the past 3 years I was in intense pain sometimes also at night, shoes didn't fit, never wore sandals, and was embarrassed to be at the beach or swimming. Finally I had surgery on both feet within a week apart. They put pins in them and I was laid up for about 2 or 3 weeks. The doctor recommended 6, but I had to go back to work. Now a year later. Yeah!! No pain every day. My shoes fit and don't leave a bunion imprint. I wore sandals and my feet are still not beautiful, but at least I can walk on the beach or in the swimming pool with out feeling like my feet are deformed.


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  • peppermint_paddy Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    You can't 'fix' bunions. You can only have them removed surgically. It isn't pleasant but you can survive the surgery. Many people that are into sports have them, dancers too!

    I had one and I had it removed. I don't miss it at all. am glad I got rid of it. But if you keep on doing what caused them, they will return.


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  • Bebinn Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    My husband had that surgery. His bones are all pinned together now. After a few weeks recovery, all his foot problems were finally gone.


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  • Guest Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    Had this op on the Friday 6/11/09 on my left foot. I was very surprised that there was very little pain following the op. However, to put things in perspective, I did have a shot of morphine in the recovery room. Stayed overnight due to the fact that mine was the last op that the surgeon did, along with coming round in the recovery room at 8.00 pm. Any discomfort subsided by the following Monday 9/11/09 and I stopped taking any painkillers from that day.Soon got the hang of using crutches and it wasn't long before I could up and down stairs. without much problem. To be honest, I have had more discomfort from the plaster cast, which stops just before the ankle. At first it felt like I had tied my shoe laces too tight and as consequence, the veins in my leg used to stick out if I stopped elevating the foot. Another problem is that the cast feels top heavy in bed and foot keeps flopping over.All in all, I have been been pleasantly surprised, with regards the op and the lack of pain.


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  • JulieS Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had bunion surgery 20 years ago on my left foot. I had a prominent large painful bunion. I did not have much choice in nice shoes as the bunion would prevent me from wearing many. I will say it's not for the faint of heart; the pain on recovery was excruciating for at least 5 days. It took me at least two weeks to move around properly. That said it was well worth it. Twenty years later, the foot looks great and no return of bunion. I can wear cute shoes.


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  • 01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I had foot surgery in 2002 & it was a disaster. I was having various foot repair done & my doctor said that my two toes with bunions, also needed repair. Mind you, they were not bothering me then or ever & my bunions were never discussed for a whole year, prior to having my surgery. I trusted this doctor to do right by me when operating on my foot. That trust was short lived when I got the cast off & saw how disfigured my two toes were, along with the rest of the foot. I had to have another doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, operate on the two toes. There was no reason to try & repair all the damage the first doctor did, because the second doctor wasn't able to give me a good prognosis for success. I had the two toes operated on, so I could walk somewhat normal. I had to give up a job I dearly loved because of the immobility of my foot. Standing & walking for any long periods of time was so painful, so I had to retire early. I have heard other foot doctors say, that when they are going to school for Podiatry, they are taught NOT to operate on bunions IF they are not causing problems. I guess my former podiatrist missed class that day.


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  • spingus Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had a bunionectomy at age 20. It's def sore for a while and you really have to work at getting full mobility back, but it does come. I have done a lot of field work, had a nice amateur career of bike racing and run a marathon since the surgery. I am 44 now and have not had any recurrance. :)


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  • Jen10 Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I went to a podiatrist with a hammer toe. There was also a bunion but it did not cause any pain. I had surgery for the hammertoe and the doctor "shaved" the bunion. As a result of this surgery now have a scar on the upper side of the hammertoe and that hurts at times. It also keeps the toe from laying totally flat. I normally have no problem healing and very little scar tissue but that is not the case here. Also, the large toe, after being "shaved" will now only "flop" over toward the toe that had the hammertoe surgery, causing the toe to rise above the large toe crowding under it. I was not aware that the doctor was going to shave the bunion and have now had problems with that foot. Since the large toe isn't in correct position for balance, etc. in walking, there is extra stress on that foot and have had a stress fracture. Too much pressure on the side of the foot opposite the large toe. This surgery did more harm than good.


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  • sassy_lassy Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I had one of my bunions removed at 14. It grew back. I'm 23 going on 24 now. & it's worse than it was before. But why did I only get one foot done? The surgery was SO FUCKING PAINFUL I could never fathom feeling that pain ever again. Excruciating for 3 weeks, filled by a month more of physical therapy just to regain movement! & that was all standard. I tell everyone, it's not worth it. sure their sore sometimes, but what bitches dogs aren't barking after being on them all day? I wear heels bc I'm young, & they're sassy. & so what I have some old lady bunions. Not to mention a four inch scar on the top of my right foot..


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  • cinlyn5 Bunion

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    Bunions are definitely hereditary. I was a teacher for 25 years and suffered with bunions the whole time. Finally, I had surgery on both feet, (a year apart) and I am pain free. The first week of recovery is a little painful, but eases after that. The surgery is well worth it! I am pain free, and my feet look great in sandals!


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  • Cecilia Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I broke down and had the surgery on both feet, and have not regretted it.