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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  • k19 Bunion

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

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had bunions on both of my feet around the age of nine. Im fourteen now and have had one operated on and I am waiting for my next operation. The operation turned out successful but with scars and some numbness on the side of my foot. The bone on the side of my foot has not completely disapeared but it is better than what it was. I didn't experience much pain after the first operation either, so now I'm just waiting to get my right foot done.


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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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  • 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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  • Nancy75 Bunion

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    My Mother had surgery for a bunion over two years ago and has suffered with severe foot pain ever since. Now her other foot is causing her severe pain. She recently saw a foot specialist who wants to remove both of her two big toes. I wonder what that would do to her balance. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what could possibly help her.


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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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  • Casey2 Bunion

    • Age 18-34
    • Male
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery

    I was 13 when I had my first bunion surgery and it has been by far the best thing I have done. It might not hurt now, but eventually the pain will get unbearable. I went through the stage of buying bigger shoes and what not and eventually I just had the surgery. There are special things you can wear on your foot to slow the progression, but eventually you will probably have to have it surgically corrected unless you can find shoes that fit...which become harder and harder to do. You should go to a podiatrist though and talk about options to delay surgery if you want. But if the doctors says you need it def. do it because its only going to get worse.

    Don't be afraid about the surgery though. I had to wear a special shoe for a few weeks and then I had to walk slowly for awhile..but its not so bad and I returned to softball 3 months later. I am now almost 20 and I havn't had a lot of problems with that surgery yet. But, I must warn you, about 2 years ago I had bunion surgery again (this time for tailor's bunions on the outside of my foot) on both feet and I was in a wheelchair for about 2 months for that one and I still have a broken bone in my foot....so there are chances for complications


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  • Craigglesofdoom Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    My ex had bunions this bad at age 26. She wore too high heels all the time, always had. She ended up getting surgery...from a less than stellar doctor, which left her with some really bad scarring. But hey, no bunions.


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TiCkLe_Me_eMoTiOnS Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery

    I to inherited bunions but wearing cheap ill fitting shoes growing up because we were poor didn't help. I had surgery on my right foot. My bunion is back. I do like pretty shoes and suffer. Either the shoe is too big or too small. I haven't found the perfect shoes yet. Expensive ones that I now humbly can afford are no different.


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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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  • 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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  • myrtle0501 Bunion

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had a bunion removed from my right foot when I was 17. They broke my first metatarsal and moved it 3mm and I had a pin in my foot for about 6 weeks (I was in a walking cast the whole time). They shaved the bunion and now i have a slight flat spot on that part of my foot, but you don't really know.

    The hardest part for me was them wanting me up and walking on it within 24 hours of surgery. I remember my mom forcing me out of bed after dosing me with toradol (I can't remember how to spell it?) and when the blood flow got to my foot, I screamed because of how terrible it felt. Like someone had just shaved a chunk off my foot, really. Once I was up and moving around though, it wasn't all that bad. Since it was my driving foot, I couldn't do that in the walking cast. I'd say a week before I got over the worst of the pain when moving around, then another week before I got used to the cast.

    Gross warning: when they took my cast off and the pin out, I finally got to look at my foot - there were LAYERS of dead skin and I totally peeled off almost an entire footprint of dead skin that had grown from being in a cast for so long.

    It's been 14 years and my bunion has not come back. For about 2 years I couldn't wear heels without some discomfort (it always felt like the bone would snap) and I still don't have feeling in about a half inch spot on my foot, but nothing that impacts my walking. I wear heels all the time now, no issues. I actually had to go up a shoe size once it was fixed because of how much my toe was pushed into the rest of my foot. Crazy!


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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.