Podiatry/bunion

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Good day to you,Leslie.

Yesterday I cancelled my bunion operation.This is what happened.I'm 47 years old, and I have a  bunion since I was a teenager. As far as I remember,it didn't change the past 15 years,being a moderate bunion all the time.When I wear comfortable shoes and do not bother the bunion,it is not painful,and when I wear stylish shoes more narrow and heels more than 1 inch,it gives me a pain, but still  it goes away in a while, or after I  massage it.

A podiatrist said that it would be good if I would fix it,because in any case, after menopause it could be severe and more painful then it is now.After researching on the topic, I came to the conclusion that I need to do operation:the earlier it happens, it would be better for me.Recently,I found out that many surgeons say that if you can avoid the operation, do not do it,because it can have some complications with  bones,nerves,sweling, numbness etc.

Please,I would like to hear your oppinion,Leslie.

Thank you for your volunteering time.
Violeta

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Violeta,

This is what I tell my patients: Unless your bunion is causing pain on a day-to-day basis or inhibiting you from performing activities, I do not advise surgery.

I have plenty of older patients that have severe bunions but do not have pain.  Saying there is a possibility that you may have pain after menopause is not reason enough for me to perform surgery on someone.

There are complications with any surgery, at any age with bunionectomies.  Most commonly people develop persistent swelling, numbness or burning from nerve entrapment due to scarring, and a bunion always has a risk of recurring.

In my opinion, it doesn't sound like I would advise surgery.  Avoid shoes that cause pain.  Use orthotics (custom inserts) for tennis shoes or dress shoes to reduce pressure to the area.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leslie Johnston

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any podiatry related question. bunions, hammertoes, arthritis in foot and ankle, lumps and bumps, foot pain, ankle pain, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot care, ulcers, neuropathy, charcot, ankle replacements, trauma, sports medicine, Achilles injuries, ankle sprains ect.

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Currently working as an Associate for Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, FL. Finished 3 year surgical residency with additional certification in rearfoot and ankle reconstruction. Worked in wound care clinic at Veteran's Hospital using advance wound care techniques.

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DPM degree earned from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine 2005-2009 completed 3 year podiatric medical and surgical residency training at James A. Haley VA 2009-2012. Board qualified status for American Board of Podiatric Surgeons in foot and rearfoot and ankle surgery 2012.

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1st runner up in Resident case presentations at annual Science and Management Symposium 2012 Who's who among colleges and universities 2009

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