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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  • 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.


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  • No Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I had bunion surgery done on both feet less than a year ago. The pain was horrendous, I was in crutches for 5 weeks and 4 months later the bunions came back, worse than before!! Now the pain is just terrible. I regret surgery because I still have really painful bunion again except now I have big scars, and I lost motion on my left toe and despite it all, no relief...


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  • Linda10 Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had bunion surgery and it was the best thing I could have done. It freed me from pain. But, I had a long recovery. The doctor said, "if you do exactly what I tell you to do you will be fine." I followed his directions carefully even though people were starting to say they thought I was off my feet a long time. It was worth it.


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  • Dani Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    It is NOT all about the shoes! Don't mislead people. Bunions can also be caused from arthritis, birth defects, neuromuscular disorders, or trauma (that is how I got mine). I had a bunion and a hammertoe on my left foot that I had surgery on back in the 90's. I do not regret it. It is pain free. I injured my right foot in May which caused a bunion and 4 hammertoes on my right foot. I will be having surgery this winter. Everyone should decide for themselves if they should have surgery. Only have it as a last resort.


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  • Marca Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Orthotics, Surgery

    My husband had bunions on both feet until the chiropractor fitted him for orthotics which corrected his arch, etc. That improved both, one almost completely. The other was too far advanced to be totally corrected without surgery so he had a bunionectomy a year ago. It was pretty painful and recovery time was about what is to be expected for surgery but he is doing SO well now!!! Much less back pain and more mobility!!! Hope this helps!!


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  • Donna Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery

    Had both my feet done, both sides of both feet, big toe and little toes. Bones grew wrong from birth. Broke bones, realigned, put pins in for a period of time in 1990. Was off work for 3 months. Had saved up vacation and sick time. Now in 2015, it has to be done again, plus all the rest of the toes have arthritis and need to be scraped. Also have a large bone spur on top of my right foot the size of a grape. Very painful. Plus need surgery on both knees and have bursitis in both hips. I'm retired now on social security.


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  • KC Bunion

    • Age n/a
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery, Rest

    I have had bunion surgery recently where the long bone in the foot was broken and pinned in to the correct place, the lump at the joint shaved off, the muscle between the big and second toe cut to release the big toe and then a wedge taken out of the big toe to straighten it and secured with staples and screws. All the metalwork remains inside, my recovery was textbook , home the same day then 2 weeks off my foot as much possible and another 4 weeks off work (although I am lucky to have been able to work from home during that time) and in 3 months back to normal footwear. No pins sticking out of my toe or anything. With good pain management it was only mildly uncomfortable and slightly inconvenient for a few weeks but I would highly recommend it. I had it done at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham and everyone there is brilliant. I will get the other foot done too when it gets as bad as the first one. My bunions are hereditary and I had it done for pain relief only.


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  • Vicki Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy, Surgery

    I had an Austin Bunionectomy 16 months ago. I was starting to experience constant pain during workouts so I knew it was time to do something about it. The surgery is fairly difficult and my recovery time was a little longer than expected and included physical therapy. It was about 3-4 months before I tried running on it. Today I have no more pain in my foot. However, I have hardly any downward movement and about 60 degrees upward movement in my toe. I still have the screw in place since it doesn�t give me any discomfort, but sounds like a fairly easy procedure to take it out. I have no discomfort during runs/exercising. The important thing to realize is that your bunions are probably caused by not having proper alignment in your foot and/or poor arch support, so I would recommend getting custom orthotics after the surgery to avoid the problem from happening again. Hope this helps!


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  • ericpp Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had both of mine done at the same time when I was 16. The added pain of both didn't seem that much worse, but the loss of mobility definitely was. Your feet basically go numb after the surgery and you lose your sense of balance. I was able to get around on crutches but only very slowly. I gave up on the crutches after awhile and just dragged my feet to get around. Luckily I never lost my balance and fell doing that.

    Overall, I'd say the surgery was worth it. I'm 31 now and my toes are still pointing where they should be. I would recommend getting them done separately though.


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  • Peggy Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery

    I had that bunion surgery and wish I never had it, I still have pain in my toe that is severe.


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  • neecee1 Bunion

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery

    I am currently recovering from my second bunion procedure. I have had bunions since I was little, possibly around 6, and dealt with them throughout my teenage years. I've been embarrassed, been to doctors, and dealt with pain. They were pretty severe. So, finally at 19, I had surgery on my left and right foot. Wow, did they look better! There was less pain, and the recovery is nothing and worth it for having a better foot in return. It's been three years, and they slowly crept back. Recently, I went on to schedule two more surgeries, and the process of better feet and no pain will be on its way. The first surgery was more extensive; the second time around it was just a little cleaning up and moving bones around. Oh, and if you have hammer toes, get them taken care of at the same time; the recovery is the same. I am scheduling my final foot surgery for March. However, this time I will be smarter. My advice: Go for the surgery, (insurance usually covers it if there is pain involved) and get orthotics after to prevent them from coming back. This time I am getting the orthotics and protecting my bunions from returning.


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  • Craigglesofdoom Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female