Surgery for Bunion

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  • Anonymous Bunion

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 123 lbs
    16
    Dec2015
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 2 - 3 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 4 - 6 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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  • neecee1 Bunion

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 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
    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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  • Emily23 Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Worsened
      Surgery

    I had the surgery which relieved the pain in the bunion but caused an even more painful corn? To come between my toes..Solved one problem, created new one..not sure it was worth it


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  • Jenny Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    Any surgery can go badly, even in a healthy person. Bunions are not life threatening and often are not even painful.
    I had one corrected 12 years ago. No regrets.


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  • k19 Bunion

    • Age < 18
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016
    • Chronicity 4 - 6 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kate1 Bunion

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery