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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  • 01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    My sister in law had to have surgery for this. I wish I had before and after pics. But her toes curved off to the sides BAD. I didn't go to the surgery but she told me they cut open and broke her toes and put a rod to make them straight. They also broke off/chiseled the bunions. Her feet look a lot better and she's in no more pain 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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  • 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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  • Heba Bunion

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I had both feet operated on in August. The op was just for bunions, 1 on my left foot and 2 on the right. The op went well and the pain was not too bad, but then everyone is different, I rested for 2 weeks and did not walk very far or do anything to hurt my feet. Today Ive have just had my 6 weeks post op examination and have been advised not to wear high heels or pointed toe shoes,not that I do anyway. Bunions can form again through pressure on the toes. I don't work at the moment as I have just enrolled at college but a friend of mine did go to work as a teaching assistant but had rest times allowed, please listen to what the doctors say and look after your feet. My mom had really bad bunions on both feet and didn't have the op, she couldn't wear normal shoes with comfort and had to cut holes in the uppers.


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kate1 Bunion

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    01
    Feb2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    Dr. Borek did my bunion surgery about 18 mos ago at 25 years old. She did a good job and overall I'm very pleased I actually had it done. If it bothers you and you're healthy overall I'd definitely recommend this surgery. I now have a metal plate in my foot where the bones ere fused together which is a little bothersome at times (swelling if I'm walking/standing for a long time) but the quality of life improvement is worth the couple months of inconvenience.


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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