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Bunion Relief - Surgery or Not?

Talk about cosmetic foot surgery procedures and hand rejuvenation procedures, including cosmetic foot treatments for bunions, hammertoes, long & crooked toes, treatments for removal of hand wrinkles, age spots, and bony hand appearance.

Bunion Relief - Surgery or Not?

Postby racita » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:25 pm

I have a bunion that is becoming very bothersome! I consulted a podiatrist and he said it was a Dorsal bunion, and he thinks I should not have surgery for it unless it becomes really unbearable. Are there other remedies?

Has anybody had surgery for this?
What was your experience and did it help?
Did you see a podiatrist or orthopedic doctor?

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Postby ladykricket » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:47 pm

I have had bunionectomy on both feet and for me it was the right thing to do. I went to a podiatrist that was recommended to me by a lady in my dh's office. I had my right foot done first and also had a small bunion on the little toe also so it was much more painful than most bunion surgeries.

I had gotten to the point that I couldn't wear even the smallest heel and I couldn't bend my foot. It is painful but for me the surgery was well worth it.

Two years later I had the surgery on my left foot and the recovery was much easier. You are laid up two weeks on crutches and then they put you in a big boot for 4 more weeks. I will never again wear high heels because I have a screw in the joint but I am also at an age where I just don't care. My feet don't grow into points so why should I wear shoes that do? Men don't wear 5" heels so why should I? I want comfort and so now I wear shoes that don't hurt my feet. Mine was heriditary and not caused by shoes, it was aggravated by wearing stupid shoes though and so I learned to put my comfort first and "cute" second.

If your doctor doesn't think you need the surgery then wait until you do need it. BUT, do not let it mess up your feet because if your big toe pushes on your other toes long enough they will never go back to their normal position. That was what made me have the left one done, I didn't want to have deformed feet.

Good luck and don't let the pain scare you, get a pain pump and it takes away the pain for the first week.
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Postby racita » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:05 am

Thank you so much for the information. That helps me a lot. I'm with you on the 5" heals! Comfort is a must for me. I have a feeling I will eventually have bunionectomy.

Your bra post was great too. I had a big laugh about our "opposite" breast conditions: I had breast reduction about 10 months ago. I think my size is about stable enough to buy serious, permanent bras and your pictures were helpful. I love Chantelle. You look GREAT and I'm sure you are enjoying your enhancement! I can now wear C-DD, depending on the brand. Mostly Ds.

Is there a Rack in Dallas? I am in Oklahoma City.

Thanks again.
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Postby 4evryoung » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:54 pm


I have the worst bunions one can imagine. I have been to numerous dr.s one for a stress fracture in my foot. The feeling from all dr.s pertaining to to the surgery, is not to have it UNLESS you are in pain. I have never been in any pain as a result of the bunions. But my feet are deformed looking, and robotics were suggested. they are o.k but not convenient at all times to wear such as with summer sandals??

As I have aged I was told the time to have it done was when I was much younger and they were developing. (the bunions) Did you inherit yours? My grandmother had them as well. It is a tough call to make but the consenses is if you are not in pain a dr. won't fix them. Shoes are very hard to buy, and a wide or an "E" is what I need to accomodate them. Heels forget it, I don't wear them at all. Best of luck on your decision.
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Postby bichonfrise » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:29 am

There are two types of bunion surgeries, one being much more conservative than the other and not necessitating crutches during recovery. Entry is from the side and not the top. Of course, you are no longer a candidate for this surgery if you have let your bunions develop to a certain point.

I know someone who had both types of surgery. The first time she went to an orthopedist and had the heavy-duty approach, hobbling around on crutches for weeks. For the second surgery she went to my podiatrist and had the conservative approach, which simply necessitated limping around, wearing the wooden-soled shoe. She did not find any advantages to the first, aggressive surgery and of course it left a noticeable scar.

It's better to have surgery before things worsen. It's better to have surgery when you are younger rather than older. Whether concerns are due to pain or aesthetics, you probably won't regret having it done. It's a funny thing about pain; you might have a condition that while unsightly, does not cause you any pain and then suddenly one day it starts to hurt to the point that walking becomes torture and there's no such thing as a comfortable pair of shoes! :evil:
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Postby racita » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:34 am

Thank you for your response. Was your stress fracture caused by a bunion?
My bunion is likely inherited. My mother had one at the side of the toe joint, but my 'bump' is slightly toward the top of the foot. The podiatrist I went to, said at this location it is is a Dorsal Bunion. He is very well thought of, so I hope he knows what he is talking about on this.

I went to the doc because I wanted to keep it from getting worse. Instead of a ‘fix’ I came away perplexed.
So far, my foot looks pretty normal. Even in the xray a bunion wasn’t quickly noticeable. It is strange that I am 63 and it has been a problem only in the past 2-3 years.

My pain is worst when I wear flats or any shoe that is lower cut, and the edge of the shoe crosses the bunion at the top of the foot. I don’t wear heels often, but they don’t seem to bother unless they are low cut. (Never SERIOUSLY HIGH heels)

I looked online to read about robotics but couldn’t find anything. Do you know a website for this? I don't know what robotics are.
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Postby racita » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:15 pm

Yeah, a few days ago after shoe shopping I thought to myself that the only time my feet are truly comfortable is wearing athletic shoes. I can walk, run, workout, anything, and maybe tired, but no pain! Any regular shoe I wear and walk a lot, like shopping for hours, a long walk from a parking lot, etc my feet hurt. Wearing flats, of all things, is what caused my pain and concern about getting rid of this thing!

I am glad to know there is more than one type of bunion surgery. How long ago was your friend’s second surgery, and did it fix the problem? Do you mind saying which city the podiatrist is in?

I am working at changing my shoe habits, but if it is only going to get worse, I may consider surgery some day. I am not young, but I think my bunion is! Thanks, I appreciate your information.
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Postby 4evryoung » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:51 pm

Well Bishon is recommending to have surgery but how does one do that when Dr.s are saying "no" it is not an option.(??) I have had several tell me not unless it is totally necessary due to pain. I had one tell me he just operated on a 84 year old woman. Her bunion finally was painful.

If you can find one to operate then go ahead. Most will not unless it is totally the last resort. This has been my findings.


I am sorry I it is "Orthotics." I gave you the wrong info! My bunions are created from no arch. Flat feet I would guess. I was also told by one dr. to never wear flats. He said don't ever come in here with shoe like that on again!! Truly. The orthotics fit inside your shoe.
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Postby bichonfrise » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:05 pm

Not all doctors have the same viewpoint regarding surgery. The aggressive surgery is not something to be undertaken lightly, but the more conservative one is much easier in terms of recovery.

I don't know if I made it clear that the person who had the two different types of surgery had them on different feet! This was about 9 years ago and the doctor was in Manhattan. Normally, you have to wait 3-4 months before having the second foot operated on since you need one good foot to put weight on!

I recommend having surgery in the spring or summer as it's easier on the feet during recovery to wear light summer shoes. Of course, your feet will swell and you will probably need to go up a shoe size for awhile.
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Postby Allicsirp » Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:17 pm

I had double bunionectomies in '99. It was long overdue since I was in alot of pain. It was not considered cosmetic surgery and my insurance covered the operation. About a year later I had to have my right foot done again due to a cyst developing. I had to have a portion of bone removed in both feet. Screws and pins were placed in the bones that would straighten the big toes. It was a long recovery and painful, but tolerable. I have an extremely high pain tolerance, but this was more than I could have ever imagined. Am I glad I did it?...oh yes! I had alot of foot pain leading up to the surgery. Although I was in casts on both feet up to my knees for 8wks., it's the best thing I ever did for my feet. Almost 9 years out I hardly ever have foot pain anymore. My doctor was of the opinion that it would eventually affect my knees and getting around as I got older. I recommend tending to this problem if you have it. There is no easy way around it, but it is worth it in the end.
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Postby macy1 » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:56 pm

Has anyone had this surgery primarily because of aesthetics? I do have foot pain off and on from the bunions, which are partially hereditary, but aggravated when I was a dancer (ballet, jazz) and had to dance on pointe and in shoes that were one size too small (have to be tight so you can turn in them).

But mostly, I'm embarrassed by the appearance of my feet due to the bunions. I need a wide or extra wide shoe, and I'm single so I like to wear heels when I go out. I was diagnosed with 3rd degree bunion (I think that's right) by podiatrist so I assume surgery would be covered by insurance. I'm just wondering if there are podiatrists that take a cosmetic approach to the feet vs. just solving the bunion problem.

After bunion surgery, is it still possible to point toes, have full mobility of feet? And does it help put you back into a normal size shoe? Can you still wear heels?

I'm 47, but bunions started forming when I was 25, and have only gotten worse as I aged. Also, how does one find a podiatrist that takes the aesthetics into consideration? I live in Southern California. I heard about one that practices in NYC, but doubt insurance would cover surgery out of state!
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Postby Allicsirp » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:36 am

I'm sure anything can be done for aesthetics, but bunions are painful and a nuisance. If you use aesthetics as a reason for surgery, I don't think it would be covered by your health insurance. As long as there is pain and inconvenience, you should approach the situation as if it is a medical situation. Bunions can cripple the toes and cause even your knees to become affected.

I still have complete mobility of my feet and they are much prettier. I can point my toes and wear any type of shoe. Keep in mind that "taking care" of a bunion is major surgery. If your big toes are beginning to turn inward towards the other toes, the bone from the big toe along the top of the foot has to have a wedge cut out, basically breaking that bone and being reconstructed with a pin or screw to straighten the big toe. There is no easy method to getting rid of the bunion either. It's a hammer, chisel, saw operation. I had two casts up to my knees on both feet for 8wks. I had to have the right foot done twice. I have an extremely high pain tolerance and it was rough, to say the very least. BUT...would I do it again? You betcha. It's been worth every single ounce of pain and inconvenience. I had it done in '99 and so happy that I did.
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Postby Daisy7 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:52 pm

I had the bunions removal surgery for aesthetic purpose. I hated the way my feet looked. We have them run in the family on my mom’s and dad’s side. I developed mine during my second pregnancy and I had if for over 10 years. Finally, I had talked to some of my friends and they recommended a great doctor. I went and had a consultation. It ended up that the procedure is covered by insurance. I told them that my main reason was that I had difficulty fitting in any shoes. The doctor also suggested that I should straighten the pinky toes as well. I have not paid a dime.
I had my both feet done at once, I had this opportunity. I took 3 sick days and worked for 2 weeks after that from home. My boss was fine with that. I had it done last September and this month is the first time when I was finally able to fit in my high heel shoes, mostly because of the pinky toes, there were more pain that the bunions themselves. I do have the 2 in. scar from the incisions, but they not very visible. My feet width had not really changed, which was a surprise to me, but I am still happy that I had it done, I think my feet look much better than before and I can finally wear open toe shoes.
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Postby freedsar » Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:13 pm

I would not personally have surgery for cosmetic reasons due to the recuperation. Two years ago, I had both feet done....7 days apart. One foot was more severe, as was the recovery. My feet starting bothering me in my 20s. It progressively got worse until having it done at age 41. One foot I had no problems recovering, and no problems to date. The other more severe foot gives me problems at times. No heels higher than about 1-2 inches.....and only sparingly. Don't mess with your feet if you don't have too, but once you start having pain...it will only get worse with age.

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Postby 4evryoung » Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:52 pm

I am now 59 and recently had knee surgery. I think it is due to the bunions, uneven balancing of the feet. I had meniscus tears on the inner part of the knee. I also have osteopenia. One foot dr. said due to that I would now not be a good candidate for surgery. I also have a terrible time finding shoes, and my feet are very ugly. I do live in a cold climate so I don't wear sandals year round, Mine have never hurt me, but given a choice I wish I had done surgery years before.
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