Patient Comments: Bunions - Treatments

How were your bunions treated?

Comment from: Ray.s, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I had bunion surgery about 7 years ago. I had both my hips replaced without too much trouble. Just recently got bunion pain in the same place that I'd had the bunion removed. Pain for the last 3 days seems to me to be worse than ever even though the bunions have been removed.

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Comment from: PattiK43, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I suffered from a painful bunion for about 10 years. As it got worse and shoes became harder to find, my walking and exercise decreased. I am thin but heart disease runs wild in my family so keeping mobile is very important to me. I decided to have the surgery because I could barely walk and my quality of life stunk! And I'm only 43! A great doctor performed the surgery. I have pain here and there yes, but if you keep it elevated, ice it and relax for a good week or more, you'll be fine. I'm on day 18 and am beginning to put light pressure on it as I walk but not quite ready to bend it. Crucial to recovery is the wheel cart. For USD 40 a week I rented a knee bike to get me around. It is way better then crutches or walkers which put pressure and stress on other parts of your body that you are not used to. I would do it all over again and if I have to have the other done I won't hesitate!

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Comment from: julies, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had bunion surgery 20 years ago on my left foot. I had a prominent large painful bunion. I did not have much choice in nice shoes as the bunion would prevent me from wearing many. I will say it's not for the faint of heart; the pain on recovery was excruciating for at least 5 days. It took me at least two weeks to move around properly. That said it was well worth it. Twenty years later, the foot looks great and no return of bunion. I can wear cute shoes.

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Comment from: Flossie, Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

Do you know, that I don't believe any of the old wives tales of bunions being caused by pointy toed shoes or tight shoes. I am sure my mother, grandmother and probably, great grandmother did not wear pointy toed stilettoes, however we do have a shared history of flat feet and abnormally long second toes. My theory is that, as well as having flat feet that, because there is no arch to stop it, toes are always pushed up against the end of the shoe, and, because the second toe is so long and the soft part of it rests against the big toe, there is no natural traction of a bone, to keep the big toe in alignment. And if women are more prone, it may be because women have to produce cartilage that softens and will yield in cervixes for delivering babes.

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Comment from: lili, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I inherited my bunion woes from my dad's side of the family. My job does not require me to be on my feet all day but I'm always on the go between departments and meetings then it's jogging, dancing and cooking which I love and can't do sitting. At the end of the day I found that I have pain at the joints of both my big toes. A foot spa treatment by soaking the feet in warm water with bath salts or regular Epsom salts then a therapeutic rub with sports balm, which you can have someone do gives temporary relief. However if the problem persists see your health care provider.

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Comment from: jarviscera, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I have had bunions for about 10 years. They got worse as I began running more, and started preventing me from running. I used expensive custom cork/foam orthotics for 4 years until I realized that they had allowed my feet to grow weaker instead of stronger. Then I began transitioning to less supportive and wider footwear with less of a built up heel. The reasoning for this was that by slowly introducing less supportive footwear, my feet would grow stronger. The idea with wide shoe is to not smash and irritate the bunions, and the idea with the low heel is to lessen indirect pressure from body weight. I currently treat my bunions by wearing foot shaped, "zero drop" (no heel lift whatsoever) Altra brand running shoes, and sometimes Vibram Five Finger shoes to separate my toes and help to straighten them. The issue is still there, but it doesn't bother me as much as it used to. I'd love to eliminate the issue, but at least it's manageable.

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