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Bunion surgery or not?

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storynanny Mon 29-Aug-16 17:18:06

After yet another summer wearing horrid or uncomfortable sandals I am again considering going for surgery.
However, they aren't actually painful just incredibly ugly and difficult to fit into shoes and sandals.
Anyone had them done for cosmetic reasons and can give me the pros and cons?
Just to put it into context I've had them since my 20's and I am now late 50's.

Madlizzy Mon 29-Aug-16 17:25:07

If you can do without the surgery, I would. I had mine done two years ago and it was actually fairly traumatic for me. I was off work for 5 weeks, on crutches for 3 months and finally gave up my stick after 5 months. My toe looks no better, as whilst the bones are now in the right place, my tendons etc won't allow my toe to stay straight and I now have a ridge of hard skin on my big toe that rubs on my second toe. I wish I'd not bothered, and my bunion was fairly painful. I've leaving the one on the other foot. If you want to see a pic of my foot when it was done, just shout.

seahorse106 Mon 29-Aug-16 17:26:38

I had one done because it was very painful. The operation was fine and I didn't have a lot of pain after.
I still have a pin in my foot to keep it straight which admittedly does ache when it's cold but other than that I have had no problems at all.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Mon 29-Aug-16 17:30:06

My mum had them both done, they came back eventually. I have bunions too, but I decided not to get them done unless they were painful. I except my bunions and get sandals to go over them. I just tell myself, there's worse things I could have, It's just one of those things.

Footle Mon 29-Aug-16 21:22:39

I had a difficult and long recovery after having one done 8 years ago. The worst of the pain is cured, which is great , but I needed more surgery later on for two Morton's neuromas in the same foot, and continuing nerve pain in the big toe. The big toe has three pins in it which ache. My mobility is still limited, which has had various knock-on effects on my health.
I absolutely would not get it done if it's for cosmetic reasons.

storynanny Tue 30-Aug-16 00:19:22

That's decided then, I will carry on with the granny Velcro sandals! Thanks for your thoughts.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 30-Aug-16 06:21:05

Just an example, they do them in wide fitting E.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 30-Aug-16 06:26:49

You know, we should just wear whatever sandals we like and let the bunions be on display. I mean how many people actually stare at other peoples feet.
I do

Footle Tue 30-Aug-16 07:00:40

storynanny, I should have mentioned my age - I was 60 when I had it done - and I see you're around the same. I would hope someone a lot younger would have a better result.

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