Bunion op or not ??

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Hi - I am looking for any advice re bunnions.

I have had the aching pain for nearly 2 years now. I have tried shoe insoles from a chiropodist & a course of anti-inflammitaries, my doctor has also given a cortisone injection but the pain keeps coming back.

Yesterday I visited a specialist in London who said there was a deformity there but he was surprised how much pain my bunion was giving me as it is mild. He could perform a bunion op - shave the bone lump, re-align big toe etc, but we have tried another cortisone injection first. If I opt for surgery, I will not be in plaster just a bandage & special shoe.

Today my foot is still aching as much as before although I can move my big toe a little better.

HELP - would appreciate any advice that you can give. Am I just delaying surgery by having cortisone injections ??????

Thanks

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    hi i just had mine done and the pain was not as bad as i was told i had both done at the same time.Bunions dont get better no matter what you do, i would say have it done. smile
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    Hi Louise - thanks for your reply. I have decided to 'bite the bullet' & am having the op in Oct, luckily just 1 foot for me !
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    My GP told me just to try padding between big toe and next one, he said if I had op I could lose a toe. I changed doctors last year. My new GP sent me to surgeon, he said mine is moderate to severe and nothing other than surgery will help. He explained the procedure and im having the op on 5th September.

    Was worried at first but am less so since reading these posts. Good luck with your op

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    I had to go through bunion surgery a few years ago as I had inherited the deformity. I didn't take the risk of having the operation on both feet simultaneously as I knew I would be wheelchair dependent or bed ridden! If anyone else has gone through the process with little pain/discomfort following the work, consider yourself lucky. In my experience when people develop bunions it usually "appears" on both feet. If it occurs on one foot it may well be that you've had an accident unknowingly or your foot wear has impacted on one of your feet more than the other?
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    Go for it TM. I doesn't sound like your injections are helping you much. I've got my operation on both feet on Tuesday, so can't tell you what it's like yet but I'm certaintly looking forward to less pain in the future.
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    In my experience as mentioned in my earlier response the surgery itself is not too painful as you are given local anaesthetic. The downside of that process is that you can still feel when s/he makes the incision and then hits the bone. I can't quite remember if they shaved or cut them, but what I do recall is the discomfort that followed. I had to use crutches for a while and depended on support from family and friends especially in the first few days. Unfortunately having both feet separately was maybe a mistake as my big toes are not equal in flexibility. I still sometimes find it hard to assume certain yoga/Pilates positions where you have to bend your toes. Certain shoes are now a no no as I don't want to repeat the process. I wish you all the best.
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