I went to the podiatrist today.

@GardenGerty (91010)
Marion, Kansas
October 16, 2009 10:54am CST
He told me what I knew. I need to have something surgical done to my bunion. We have three choices,and I can pick my date. It makes my feet hurt, it makes my knee hurt, it makes my back hurt, because it affects how I walk. I will do it. Just not really sure which one or when. Do you have a bunion? Do you see a podiatrist? Have you had surgery for a bunion.?
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I don't have bunions, I had to look them up to see what they were! I'm sorry you have to have surgery and I hope the recovery is fast and doesn't inconvenience you much. I do have arthritis in my feet, though, which makes it painful to walk very far. Too bad there's no surgery for that! Good luck and God bless!
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
Originally I was told this was an arthritic condition, and that is basically what a bunion is. I am glad something can be done, as at my age I still plan on living a long time and I think it will help my quality of life. I know lots of people younger that have worse looking bunions than mine is.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Oct 09
Bunions are actually inherited. I always thought they were from wearing shoes that were too tight, or high heels. Learn something new every day. Here is a website I found that might be helpful for information: http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/bunions.htm#6
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
No one in my family that I know of have had bunions. I used to have frequent stubbed toes on this foot. May be it is from that. It is not the side of the foot bunion most people have, it is on top of my foot.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I've never had to have that surgery (thankfully), but I have several friends have had to have surgery to remove them. All of them turned out fine, and these friends are happily pain-free. Is your Dr asking you to pick which surgery you want? If that's the case, I would get a 2nd opinion, to see if another Dr could recomment one over the others. If all 3 choices are equal, I'd pick the one with the least amount of downside and the quickest recovery. How soon before you get this done?
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
I bookmarked the site.Thanks. It may be whatever my insurance would pay for. Actually one type of surgery is to just clean out the arthritis and fuse the joint, permanent, but it also permanently affects your gait. Other choices are just to clean it out, and do nothing else. That usually requires further surgery about ten years later. Third choice is a joint replacement. If you go in for a joint replacement, and they find that you still have intact cartilage, they can switchover to just a clean out and repair. I asked the doc what he would do if it was his foot, and he said that one, which is what I was leaning toward. All of them have minimal recovery time now adays.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Oct 09
Does the clean and a repair involve fusing the joint? It's hard for me to be objective, not having the problem, but I don't know if I'd choose that one because of how it affects your gait. But then again, with the swelling and pain, no doubt your gait has already been affected. In a perfect world, you could talk to people who have had all 3 versions to hear their feedback. Your insurance provider may actually be able to help you there. No doubt they've covered all three surgeries and may have statistics from follow-up care and any additional proceedures needed. It doesn't hurt to call and ask.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
No, the fusion is a totally different option. A straight clean and repair will last about ten years or so, at which time you either do it again or go for fusion. I have known people who had other joints fused, did not like what I saw and heard. On the other hand, if clean and repair does not work, fusion is still an option.
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@AmbiePam (46158)
• United States
16 Oct 09
Holy cow, a bunion does all that? I've never had one, so all I hear is people talk about them. I don't actually say, hey, can you pull it on out so I can take a look? Give me your shoe and I'll take a peak at your foot. Maybe I should do that next time I see my Nana. But she has way more than a bunion going on with her foot. Two of her toes criss cross each other. I don't think a bunion can do that. But they certainly sound incredibly painful.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Oct 09
I am not sure, those may be called hammer toes. I have a client who has that.It boils down to the fact that if your foot hurts, you walk funny, and then if you are walking funny you throw your knee out of place and if your knee is out of place or twisted your back kind of twists as well. You know, the hip bone connected to de thigh bone, de thigh bone connected the knee bone, now hear the word of the Lord.
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@AmbiePam (46158)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Used to sing that in school! Actual school, not Sunday school. That's the freedom of attending a Christian school and not a public one that won't let you mention God or the Lord.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
I am older than dirt, so I even learned Christmas carols in public school. All of them, all the verses.
• United States
16 Oct 09
I don't have them but my Mother and Sister do, and my Daughter has them. My daughter has had them since she was little, so I don't know if the arthritis information is correct. She's been to the doctor and the surgery will keep her off her feet from 6-8 weeks and she's afraid of losing all that time off of work. I don't blame her, but I do know they hurt her. She's in her 30's so when the time comes, I'm sure she'll make the choice when it gets too bad to bear. I guessing she inherited them from my Mother.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
Doc says I can return to work in four days, but that it will take six weeks for me to be at my best. I think it depends on the job. I am able to be off of my feet most of the time at work. Not everyone can.
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• United States
16 Oct 09
Oh well that's really good! At least you can still work, right? My daughter is a Manager at Life Uniforms and there is no sitting, she's constantly on her feet and running around all day. That's why she's so hesitant about taking the time off, it's a long time for her to miss work. I hope all comes out ok for you and your back and knee doesn't hurt after this!
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
We will probably wait til the first of the year, and start on our tax exemptions for next year.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I bet that muct be painful. My mom had bunions also but hers was not too bad where she had to have surgery on them. A wider shoe seemed to help her with hers. I hope you get yours taken care of soon so you can be pain free.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
It gets really painful at the end of a long day when I have to take the clients shop all day. I feel like it makes me walk funny, and that hurts my knee and back.
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 09
Oh Goodness GG please let me know how you get on No I have never had anything like that and hope I never will Big Hugs to you
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
It is part of what is hurting my back, I believe, because it kind of sets me off balance in my gait. I am fortunate to have very little else wrong with me.
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• United States
16 Oct 09
Ouch! I would have the surgery, if you can't walk right that affect everything else. Never been to a podiatrist though.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
Lots of my clients see this man for routine care to their feet.That is why I went to see him. I have watched him take care of them.
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@Hatley (159372)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Oct 09
hi gardengerty hatley back on line again,yea. no bunions,my I hear that they are the worst,so darned painful. What I have is now inoperable,I ruptured a tendon in my foot about six or seven years ago and at that time I had a quack for a p.c. doctor who said oh its just a sprain so by the time my insurance got around to sending me to a podiatrist the rupture was too old, they would not do surgery so condemned me to wearing a brace on that foot along with ugly clunky looking orthopedic shoes.It no longer hurts but because it was never repaired my left foot now looks like a hoof instead and ordinary shoes I can no longer wear. I would have sued the doctor but I guess he made too many other errors and took off for the south somewhere. At least now I do have a decent doctor. I hope you get your bunion removed and get recovered fast so you will not longer be hurting,nothing like a foot hurting to just devastate a person. good luck God Bless
@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
I am pretty certain that my bunion makes my knee hurt by throwing my gait off.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I never have had a bunion, myself. The joint on both of my big toes is beginning to hurt some, though. My mother also had bunions on both of her big toes and she had them removed several years ago. She said her feet felt a lot better after she had the surgery. However, I hate to tell you this but hers came back some years later. It runs on her side of the family o have bad feet, though. Her daddy also had bunions and so did her sister. I hope I didn't discourage you by telling you that hers came back. Since it causes you so many other problems, I woud recommend having the surgery, although I'm not the doctor. I just hope when you do have it that it makes you feel a lot better and that they don't come back. I have been to a podiatrist in the past but I haven't been to one in a long time. I have Medicaid now and Medicaid won't pay for a podiatrist, I found out. I don't know what I'm going to do if I should have problems in the future. We have a Hope Clinic here in town and they're fixing to move to a new location and they are going to expand their services. I'm going to see if I qualify for it. Kathy.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Oct 09
Most of my clients are on Medicaid, and it pays for their podiatry services. It may be that it varies from state to state as medicais is state funded I believe.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Yes, I think so, too. Kathy
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
16 Oct 09
Oh my gosh...Garden, a topic I want to avoid! Yes, my left foot is the extreme one, but NO, I have not been to a podiatrist....just afraid of what they will have to say, SO NOW, I can prey upon you...and ask a lot of questions..please? My Father had awful bunions, and he complained about very little, but these broke his silence! Course, being young, I pooh---poohed it. Now, of my goodness, I know of whenst he came from! No, NOT been there, or done that! I only had a Basal Thumb Joint removed, and it created it's own source of pain, but NOW I am glad! Please keep us posted! FEET UP...and have a truly wonderful weekend! Cheers!
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
But it sounds like you had the same thing done to your thumb that I need to have done to my toe.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I am sorry. Those things hurt. I do have one that hurts when I wear shoes and sometimes it throbs. I do have a podiatrist but haven't seen him for this problem. Am not willing to have surgery to have it removed but I would get a cortizone injection to help relieve the pain. When it gets to the point I can't stand it any longer, will make an appointment. Have you had it a long time? I know how it can effect the way you walk, etc. I also have a back problem and this foot isn't helping matters any. Good luck to you with whatever choice you make. Feel better, carolbee
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
I have had it about ten years. I would not do the cortisone shots, personally, cause people I knew that had them say they hurt worse than the condition.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Cortizone shots are painful but not untolerable. I have had several in my back and one knee and they help considerably. I would do one in my foot if the pain persists.
@ElicBxn (60078)
• United States
16 Oct 09
because I've always worn shoes that don't hurt to wear I've never had some of the troubles that people that wear "fashionable" shoes have... None the less, I still have lots of foot problems, but bunions aren't one of them and I have seen a couple of podiatrists over the years
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
I generally wear athletic shoes, and I have found a good brand or two for me. It has been years since I wore "fashionably painful shoes".
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@ElicBxn (60078)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I've never worn those fashionable shoes
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Have never have one but it sounds really terrible and like it is affecting your life in a bad way. I would get it taken care of right away. I don't know what the options are, but you should go with what ever one makes you feel the most comfortable or that has less chance of problems. Best of luck to you I hope you get it taken care with minimum pain.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
It does completely throw everything off. I usually have great luck with medical stuff. Have scheduled surgery in January.
@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
8 Nov 09
Hi, how are you? Have you had the surgery yet? Well, I dont have a bunion and Im not even sure that what Im thinking of is what you are referring to. Just wanted to drop by and see how you're doing. Hope all that pain you described is gone now, or at least its better then before. Take care always.^_^
@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Nov 09
I am scheduling it for January 7, so I can take four days off but only have two come out of my PTO for the year.
@KrauseHome (33372)
• United States
18 Oct 09
Personally this is one Good thing I have never had to deal with as I have heard they do hurt. I have other problems that sometimes makes my feet and legs hurt to where I would not want anything else. But my thoughts and Prayers are with you my friend as you take time to consider doing this, and keep us informed as you get more information on this as well.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
I know diabetes has its own monsters for the feet and legs. I will do this in January.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
17 Oct 09
I don't have this problem but I have known a few who have had it and done the surgery. The recovery takes time so make sure you have time to let it heal and you must correct the reason you got this problem in the first place. But everyone I know who has had it done is glad they did it. Blessings
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
I read that there is an inherited component. I think the other thing is I always stubbed this toe as a child, and as a young adult I wore stupid shoes a lot.
@merlinsorca (1123)
• United States
17 Oct 09
Ouch, I didn't know what bunions were but I looked them up... And they look very painful... No I do not have a bunion and have never had surgery for one. Best of luck in the surgery, hope it's not too bad and you can get it fixed.
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
I would rather have the surgery than keep on with various foot, leg, and back pains.
• Canada
17 Oct 09
I have huge bunions, one on each foot, and they are driving me absolutely nuts. I walk with a cane because of them. I'm thinking of having them operated on, but I live in the basement of an old building, and would need to be able to walk down the stairs (we might have to stay in a hotel for a few days...) but I'm thinking of getting them done. Can you tell me a little more about the surgery, and what all is involved?
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Nov 09
There were three choices. 1) go in and get all the calcification cleaned out, the spurs, and call it good. Probably have to have it re done in ten years unless by some lucky chance the cartilage is in good shape. 2) fuse the joint, it would take care of the pain, stabilize things, and my gait would eventually adjust. Just no flexing in those toes. To me it sounds unsteady. 3) What I will probably have done: go in, clean out the spurs plus a little chip I seem to have floating around. Then have the ball joint in that socket replaced with synthetic. Should be good for the rest of my life. The thing about 1 and 3 is if they do not work, there is always 2 to fall back on. The thing about 3, if the cartilage is good we stop at #1. I may need to stay home from work four days. He says I should be able to resume all my regular duties at that time and be completely recovered in six weeks.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
16 Oct 09
Sorry to hear about this, gg. I sure wish u the best. I do not have any bunions & i have never been to a podiatrist so can't be of any help to u there. good luck!
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
I am fortunate to have very little problems other than this.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
16 Oct 09
I don't even know what a bunion is! But I wish you well. The only time I ever saw a podiatrist was to have him put a cast on my leg years back when I was having too much fun running around in the desert sand and fell over a rock and broke my leg. Leave it to me to find the one rock in miles of sand. Hah! I had a choice of lime green, hot pink, or purple. I am sure you know which color I picked! HINT: It was not pink or green :-)
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@GardenGerty (91010)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Oct 09
Usually bunions are on the side of the great toe. Mine is on top. There is an inherited tendency to it, but I do not know of anyone in my family who has bunions. It is aggravated by the wrong shoes. Sometimes it is caused by accidental injury. It is, so I am told, an arthritic condition.