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baby bunion - advice please!

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by smidge_smudge, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. smidge_smudge

    smidge_smudge New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been looking on the internet for days now, reading up on the causes of bunions and the different treatment methods. I noticed a small swelling that was slightly red on the side of one of my toes about a week ago. It is really small (especially compared to pictures that I've seen of bunions on google!) - it's about the size of my little fingernail, but it's really concerning me, especially as it seems that it's only going to get worse. I do wear quite 'fashionable' shoes - not high heels though and I've been trying to work out what has caused this to occur. I brought a pair of pointy shoes a couple of months ago and wore them (they were quite tight but have now loosened up) and that is all I can think that would have caused it - I'm very observant about my feet and hadn't noticed it until a week or so ago. But I am almost certain it is a bunion, as I can feel my big toe next to my other toe which I can't on the other foot.

    Ok so my question is this - I'm 21 and realistically, I'm not going to chuck my pointy shoes in the bin (in fact, they aren't even that pointy and it is hard to find shoes that aren't slightly tapered at the end)- ok, I will wear more bunion-friendly shoes but what can I do to treat the bunion? I have brought a bunion cushion which seems like it would really help, and I've looked into bunion night splints but these have mixed reviews. Have any of you who has/had a bunion, seen an improvement in your bunion since using a particular product? My bunion doesn't hurt but I would feel stupid going to the doctor because I don't think they'll say anything that I don't already know. I just wanted some advice as most information on the internet focuses on bunion surgery/those with painful bunions, and as mine is very, very mild, I wondered what others would suggest!

    Sorry it's a bit long but I'm really worried about it and will do anything to stop it from getting worse (but I don't want to waste my money either!) Thanks, S x
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    I assume you don't desire MY comments either, as if you wouldn't go to see to a doctor for an opinion because he/she might tell you what you already know and you would therefore feel stupid, you probably would feel equally stupid regarding what a doctor on the Internet would say. If you would feel less stupid only because you didn't have to pay for the opinion, then it would be ME who would feel stupid for giving you one.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  3. smidge_smudge

    smidge_smudge New Member

    I live in England - I don't even have to pay to go to the doctors thank you very much.

    You are taking what I said and jumping to conclusions about the meaning of it.

    I have been to my local GP practice before and they were not overly helpful - in fact, they left me feeling that I had nothing to worry about and should just live with it when I went there with a problem before. Maybe I was just unlucky, but it has put me off going there before. As I would be going to a GP I thought that they might not know as much about the products on offer as people who have used them before (I wanted to hear from people who have bunions and who have tried these products for themselves, not really a doctor who can tell me what they suggest). My GP might send me to a podiatrist but this could take weeks so I wanted clearer advice sooner but I was wrong in thinking this forum was helpful, instead one posts a discussion asking for advice and one sentence gets misconstrued and used against them to make them feel unwanted. It is ridiculous for you to take one thing that I have said and base your whole interpretation on that one thing.
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    In a forum, words are the ONLY basis for attempting to understand what a poster intends to say. When you post you have your chance to tell your story the way you want it. When you said, "Sorry it's a bit long but I'm really worried about it and will do anything to stop it from getting worse (but I don't want to waste my money either!)," you clearly have implied in no uncertain terms that the spending of your MONEY trumps your desire to satiate your concerns. So don't change your story NOW. When I relied on what you posted and replied that I would not personally offer you advice on that very basis, you get all bent out of shape because I read your words and believed them. But MY indignation and resulting refusal to offer you MY advice does not preclude others from doing so. That being said, if, as you implied, you thought that this forum was helpful, it must be because you read other replies to posters, most of which were MINE, and found them helpful. If you don't wish your story to be understood and judged by your words you use, then don't post those words or choose them more carefully.
  5. jcat

    jcat New Member

    Smidge, I just read these posts and am not sure why such an odd exchange happened (seems like you just want some advice!), but i was wondering if you've found any advice regarding your 'baby' bunion?
    I have the same thing--a mild, just-noticed bunion on one of my feet--and was wondering if any therapies have worked for people with the same. I have no pain or discomfort, just have noticed a bunion starting to grow, and really don't want it to get worse!
  6. Neilkevin

    Neilkevin New Member

    Sometimes people refer to this as a "baby bunion"*, but it is the prominence that pushes out behind the base of the fifth toe, on the side of the foot.* This often represents the shifting of the fifth metatarsal bone, and the bump you see if the knuckle, or head of the bone.* These can become painful when irritated by shoes.* * It is recommended different brand of athletic shoe, or features in shoes, that might help reduce pain.* Depending on the circumstances, physical therapy or cortisone injection to ease the pain can all be considered, based on your desires, and the medical reasonableness of any of those choices.
  7. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Hey , yes I have a "baby bonion" too and it dosent even hurt but it just looks horrible and seeing tha you had the same problem gave me a relief because all the other bonion things on the Internet were like people who couldn't walk on them because they were painful . And yes I hate my GP , he's more bothered about making money than helping you or just gives you something that dosent even work, am thinking about going to see my GP but I no he'll just say live with it :( I think tha some ov the things like a split and tha are stuiped for my bonion , and I don't wear high heels or Anyfin tha would ov started it so am not sure on what to do xxxx

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