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These are my feet (You should have seen my grandmothers feet)
I am now 50 and they have got a little worse over the years but are broadly stable, however I get some knee pain and am worried this is connected.
As long as I can find shoes wide enough at the front (virtually impossible these days) they don't hurt much.
They do stop me doing certain sports but I am very active and just switch to something else if my feet become a problem.
So I couldn't do rock climbing because it involved tight shoes and balancing on my big toes which was beyond excruciating so I took up cycling instead.
I have just seen a surgeon on the NHS in London and he was very enthusiastic about booking me in for a Scarf Atkin osteotomy straight away. (Well, three to four months but that IS straight away on the NHS)
I was less keen and have said not right now, maybe later, so he has refered me back to my GP.
I can't find any research into success rates for this procedure to help me decide. Are there any published anywhere does anyone know? Can I ask to see a surgeons success rates? and given that no one has ever asked me how happy I was with any previous operation I've had to have, how do we know how representative these might be of the general population?
Also I have a long history of allegies and autoimmune problems and am not keen about having a large quantity of assorted metal hardware left in there afterwards that doesn't even seem to be titanium. I asked if he could take the screws and staples out when the bones had healed and he just said only if I had a problem at the time.
Allergies dont work that way, you don't start out with a problem -you end up with one.
Another consideration is that I live alone in a small house with a very steep staircase and upstairs toilet. I don't have anyone to look after me for the first two weeks as I have been advised is neccessary. I explained this was not possible and what were my options and was just told I had to sort that one out myself. How? I'm not rich and I don't see how I can take the several months off work required much less pay a home help as well.
On the one hand I am very tempted by the possibility of normal feet for the first time in my life, on the other I feel the potential for disaster outweighs the likelihood of success. Plus the process looks like a nightmare.
The surgeon was a jolly nice chap, but I am temped to abandon it and stick with the devil I know.
What do people think?
Thank you very much.
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