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Bunions for life?
Jun 20, 2006
[SIZE=4][FONT=Garamond][B][COLOR=Indigo]Hello fellow bunion sufferers![/COLOR][/B][/FONT][/SIZE]
I'm 25 years old and live in Canada.
I have [B]bilateral[/B] bunions. They just started "acting up" over a year ago. My podiatrist has set me up with prescription orthotics. They haven't helped much, and they've been readjusted once.
I'm considering surgery, at least for my most painful foot, but my podiatrist is [U]strongly[/U] against it. He thinks I should wait until I can't conservatively treat the bunions to go under the knife. :rolleyes:
The problem is so far conservative measures aren't working. These bunions are keeping me from my favorite past-time, ballroom dancing. I wear low heels, and only to formal dances, practicing I wear sneakers... and for all other aspects of my life I wear sneakers. I haven't been terrible to my feet!
My biggest worry isn't the recovery time, it's the possibility of recurrence. I'd hate to go through with the surgery just to have them come back, then to have another surgery usually requires fusing the joint. NOT GOOD for a 25 year old! What about arthitis that can affect the joint if the bunion is corrected, isn't that a good reason to get the surgery sooner than later? Can anybody share their experiences with me? Has anyone out there had an unsuccessful surgery? Anyone out there in their early 30s or younger worried about the future? Please anybody feel free to post your comments! I appreciate any feedback! :D
I'm not totally sure what you mean by 'bilateral' bunions (all these terms are so difficult), but I just had the lapidus procedure on my right foot. My doctor said there are two levels of surgery, and my bunions already required the worst one, so I went ahead and did it.

I'm 28, and the healing process has been amazingly fast. I'll be walking like normal (weight bearing) next week, 6 weeks out, and was only on crutches for a few days. I can't help but think that the younger you are the better the healing will be. I know plenty of young people to have the procedure, and I've not heard any bad stories (until coming to this board).

Just think - they're not going to get better. Do you want to wear tennis shoes to dance for the rest of your life? I am very athletic, and love team sports. It got to the point that I couldn't play anymore because of the pain. At 28, that's just unacceptable to me.

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