Bunion and hammer toe surgery

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Hello, I  have bunions on both feet but my left foot is now causing me problems as I also  have a hammer toe which is now so prominent I am having great difficulty finding shoes I can wear, however sensible.    I am a fit and active person and therefore I am dreading the thought of surgery to correct this.  I live in South Yorkshire and if anyone can recommend a good surgeon/ hospital or would share their experience of similar  surgery I would be grateful.  Also the length of time before they could return to normal life.   Fortunately my husband and I are retired and so he would be able to look after me post surgery!   Thank you. 

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    Hi Jeannie

    Go and see the Barn Clinic in Sheffield. They have excellent facilities and specialists. I saw Robin Weaver who is the principal consultant but they have excellent podiatary team too. It is private so you will pay but they know their stuff. They will only give you the right treatment, they could have done cryotherapy on my neuromas (that developed following double bunion surgery on nhs in 2006) but advised that it would not work due to me having bursars too. They were very honest, could have easily taken my money anyway. I believe they also have a clinic in Chesterfield. 

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      Hello Maudlucy,

      ​Thank you very much for so promptly replying.  I am grateful for your advice and the information about the Barn Clinic in Sheffield.

      Renewed thanks,  JeannieM

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    It might be worth going the NHS route to start with if going private may be a problem (but if not, then go private).  Just a word of warning though, to be prepared to have to have it re-done.  I had the bunion surgery fine some years ago, but the hammer toe was another matter.  Within a period of 18 months/2 years after the first hammer toe operation, the hammer toe 'returned' and I had to go through it all again.  The surgeon said that if it reverted again, then 'that is just the nature of the beast' (ie I would have to live with it).  It HAS reverted again and I would think before long that I will have the same problem with shoes that I had before.  It didn't help that the physiotherapist that I was told to attend afterwards was trying to get me to 'bend' the fused toe, despite me telling her that it had been 'fused' straight!  I gave up on the physio in the end as it was pointless.  Whilst I am not blaming the surgeon (I guess these things happen), just be prepared.  There again, I might have just been unlucky!  Recovery afterwards is not much of a problem.  I live on my own (with three cats) and I managed - luckily, I had friends who could ferry me about - though you do need to keep it up for a few days as much as possible, then take it easy.  Good luck and hope it works for you.
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      Thank you very much for your reply.  I am glad you found your recovery after surgery not too difficult, but very sorry that you had to have the hammer toe operation again.  I was not aware this could happen and I will seek more information on this subject.  I am most grateful to  you for your post which is very helpful.  Best wishes 
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