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Hi,

I hope it's okay to take a kind of poll on how those of you who had surgery for a problem similair to mine fared after surgery. About four years ago my right toe which always had a small bunion turned into a big bunion. The big toe then begin to move over toward the second toe.The second toe is lying up against the big toe and if barefoot or wearing flip flops. When I walk a few steps the second toe actually lift up and cross over the big toe. Which is why I don't wear sandals or flip flops in public. Which is sad as I always loved to wear them. The third toe also leans against the second toe.
I tried those pads that go under your foot with elastic strap to hold the lifting/cross over toe down. It still won't stay down.
I went to a podiatrist and he said I needed surgery. He wanted to cut the bunion off then remove a wedge of bone from the big toe , second and third toes, align them and put pins in them. Well, he wanted to fuse the toes along with it but I didn't want a fusion as I would still like to wear at least 2" and under heels. Not pointy high heels but heeled sandals. Even 1 1/2 " and under heels I would be happy if I could wear those sometimes.
I had read on another podiatrist website that fusion is usually reserved for older people who don't plan to be very active or someone with severe arthritis already, which I don't have.
My podiatrist said he wants to fuse the toes to prevent them going back crooked in the future.
Someone told me with fusion you can't bend your toes, nor wear any heeled shoes. Also I'm very active. I hike 3 miles a day and bike 4 miles a day. I dance and swim. I thought with a fusion it my impede some of the things I like to do. I'm a 50 year old female.
My Chiropractor friend said that he isn't crazy about fusing anything uless absolutely necesary as then the joint has reduced flexibility and arthritis can set into the fused joint .
So, If I had it done I would want it done without fusion. My friend had the same problem as me and she didn't get a fusion on her toes and she's a dancer who is dancing again.( and she does wear the pointy toed high heels).Which I wouldn't do.
Sorry this is so long. But can anyone who had the bunion /crooked toe alighment surgery tell me if they were happy with it? Did it heal properly? I heard horror stories about the big toe sticking straight up after surgery and pain lasting much longer then the Dr had predicted.
Are you sorry you had it or glad? Also my toes are long and I assume by taking out bone they will be shorter. Did you notice it being so much shorter then the other foot so as to not want people to see you in sandals?
When healed did you foot look attractive enough to want to wear sandals in public again? Did the left and right foot match up in looks? I hate to sound vain but my left foot is still fairly attractive although I see the bunion getting bigger on that one too and toes starting to lean slightly over. I don't think I'd want it done if I was going to have toes way shorter on the right foot then the left ,and also if my foot is scarred and unnatractive after the surgery healed.
Does the sugery just help align your toes only or do your feet look pretty in sandals again

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated
Thanks. dawn





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