The Time I Had Bunions
So, this really shouldn’t be in the past tense.
I have both bunions (an old person malady) and scoliosis (which develops during adolescence). My body apparently can’t decide if it’s elderly or a child.
I’ve had the bunions on both feet since I was a child. This means I have never been able to wear heels without extreme pain, and at this stage of my life, I’ve abandoned the cursed footwear forever. I take my orthotics with me everywhere, and the joints on my big toes are red and raw at the end of each day. I’ve tried bunion guards, night splints, and toe stretchers. As I get older, the pain only gets worse. I’ve been recommended as a candidate for surgery a few times, but have always turned it town.
The surgery for my right foot is scheduled for the evening of June 26, 2012. They’ll be breaking my first metatarsal, shaving off my bunion, shifting the top section to the right, and pinning the whole thing together. They’ll also release the tendon above my second toe (to lower it), tighten the left-most tendon on my big toe, and release the tendon to the right of my big toe. After three months, the pin will be removed from my joint. Fun times!
Recovery involves wearing a surgical boot for three weeks, going through physical therapy, then repeating it all on my left foot. I’ll keep you all updated on my progress, which will hopefully be speedy!
Revel in my before pictures, if you will. Note the bone chip on my left bunion – I never even knew it was there until the x-ray!
- Surgery 1
- Post-surgery 1
- Surgery 2
- Post-surgery 2
- More Post-surgery
- Foot Pins 1
- Foot Pins 2
- 10 Months Later