Patient Comments: Bunions - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with bunions.

Comment from: nancy, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

My Mother had surgery for a bunion over two years ago and has suffered with severe foot pain ever since. Now her other foot is causing her severe pain. She recently saw a foot specialist who wants to remove both of her two big toes. I wonder what that would do to her balance. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what could possibly help her.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: AMERICAN WOMAN, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I am a 44 year old female with bunions on both feet for all my adult life. If I had it to do all over again I would have the surgery. Ladies, it does not get any better. The pain never goes away and they will just get bigger and more noticeable. I was always embarrassed, and I still am, to show my feet and wear the "cute, and (sexy heels). When I did, I would have to drink the pain away when at a club dancing. I loved to dance. I would go get the surgery early if I could do it all again. Just feeling good about yourself and being able to show your feet without the bad feelings would be so worth it! I might still even get the surgery!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Little Mama, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I had bunions since I was a teen. Every day for the past 3 years I was in intense pain sometimes also at night, shoes didn't fit, never wore sandals, and was embarrassed to be at the beach or swimming. Finally I had surgery on both feet within a week apart. They put pins in them and I was laid up for about 2 or 3 weeks. The doctor recommended 6, but I had to go back to work. Now a year later. Yeah!! No pain every day. My shoes fit and don't leave a bunion imprint. I wore sandals and my feet are still not beautiful, but at least I can walk on the beach or in the swimming pool with out feeling like my feet are deformed.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Maryanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am 47 and have had bunions for years. Wearing size 9 wide shoes is a must--regular size hurts, but most of the styles are somewhat unattractive and I'm tired of being so limited not to mention the pain that still comes and goes, even in bare feet. Living in the south, we have a long summer so most of the time, I wear stylish flip-flops and the bunions are exposed. My patience is wearing thin, though, and pretty soon I'll give in to "the operation."

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: FSG, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have a bunion on my right foot. It started to swell, and over the years got increasingly painful if I wore heels. Then, coincidentally, I started practicing yoga, and to my surprise one of the benefits was that it eased my bunion. In yoga, we do a lot of stretching of our feet, which seems to have helped (not mention the overall body realignment that probably played a role as well). The bunion is reduced in size (though not gone) and it no longer caused me pain, even if I walk in heels. I don't know that yoga is the answer for everyone, but it might be worth a try before going the surgery route.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Published: September 17

I am only 21 and am mortified by the bunions on both of my feet. I am embarrassed to wear sandals in the summer. When I was 17 I went to camp and heard all the girls laughing hysterically and it turned out that they could see my feet from under the shower curtain in the community bathroom. It was the most horrible experience of my life. I have tried everything the night time bunion guard, the toe separators, everything and nothing has worked. It's gotten to the point where I don't even buy expensive shoes anymore because after I wear them for a month or two and they are permanently stretched out on the sides in the shape of my bunions.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Female Published: August 14

My daughter is only 11 years old and has bunions on both feet on either side and has had them for a long time. I myself had an operation for bunions when aged 14 so this seems to be hereditary. My father also had them. Will my daughter have to go in for surgery? She has very tender feet but no real pain as yet with the bunions.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: lassie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

My bunions suddenly showed up in high school, and it's much worse on the right side. It's hard to wear most of my shoes, especially when going out, but I'm getting used to it.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Bunions - Treatments Question: How were your bunions treated?
Bunions - Symptoms Question: How did you know you had a bunion? What were the symptoms associated with your bunion?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors