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Left Foot Bunion

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by tomgm36, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. tomgm36

    tomgm36 New Member

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    Hello - I have a left foot bunion which is absolutely killing me. I have tried foot therapy and it doesn't seem to be helping. I have had doctors tell me that I should have surgery and I have had doctors tell me I should not and just do foot therapy. So I am looking for people's experience who have had surgery to remove a left bunion.

    Please explain in detail.

    Thank you for your input!!

  2. falcon

    falcon New Member

    Hi, Tom: I'm 30. I had a very large bunion on my left foot, so large that I had to wear split-size shoes (left foot: size 11 (UK), right foot: size 10 (UK). The bunion had caused a large and painful callus to form on the plantar aspect of the foot. Moreover, I had an overlapping second toe (claw-toe) with a large corn on its top. My right foot was (and still is) perfectly normal, with no trace of valgus deformity. Last year I decided to undergo surgery because the bunion had become extremely large, painful, and caused bleeding especially during physical activity (I usually do lots of sports).

    The surgeon used an excellent technique: distal soft tissue procedure + proximal crescentic osteotomy + of course correction of the claw-toe. The surgeon was averse to minimally invasive surgery, and so was I). The technique depends -so I'm told- not only on the severity of the hallux valgus deformity, but also on the age of the patient. The post-op pain was, everything considered, totally bearable and promptly relieved by pain-killers taken for a few days. The rehab was rather long and took 6 weeks. It was the most challenging part. My physical therapist specializes in F & A and so he did a great job with my foot. Since then I haven't had the least problem my foot, so I recommend surgery to all bunion sufferers (provided that then bunion really causes problems: it should be never operated on only for cosmetic reasons or if it causes minor problems).

    If you have further questions, you are welcome:):):) to ask.

    All the best,

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  3. kvan

    kvan Guest

    Hi, I have bunions on both of my feet and a while ago I noticed that I have these two knot/callous lumps on the top of my foot, kind of below my ankle. I have no idea what caused my two bunions except the fact that they might be hereditary but the lumps on the top of my foot are really starting to bother me, not pain wise but they look so awful, I am so hesitant to wear any kind of clothing or shoes that show that part of my foot and I hate feeling that way! Not sure what I should do? I have thought about the surgery but can't really afford to be down and out for 6 weeks, I have two young boys and my husband is in the navy so he is gone a lot not to mention we live in Japan right now. I just don't know what to do. I am thinking these lumps are ganglion cysts ...I just don't know. Please
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