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About 6-8 weeks out after bilateral bunionette ( Tailor's Bunion, 5th metatarsal ) correction surgery, I developed a swollen knot on the TOP of my foot at the base of my pinky toe. But only on the left foot! The swelling feels hard like bone, but X-rays show that it's made up of soft tissue.

My podiatrist is stumped, and the second podiatrist I saw wasn't much more decisive. Now four months out from surgery, the knot is sensitive, but not terribly painful. There's also still some bruising near the screw my podiatrist inserted, but the knot is actually further down the metatarsal (closer to the toe) than the screw.

The bone itself healed beautifully within the first 6 weeks or so.

Now four months out of surgery, weight-bearing makes the bump swell more; steroids and anti-inflamatories make the knot decrease in size, but don't get rid of it. The knot hurts, but not much.

Has anyone else developed a lump like this after bunionette surgery? If so, what was it, and how did you make it go away?

Would be grateful for any input!!

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