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Old 05-05-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
Jennifer Conlin
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Bunions...now I feel old

I have a very painful Bunion on my left great toe. It's not big at all but you can see how the toe is pushed out of alignment. It's flared up in the past but has always lasted a few days and gone away.
It's been about two weeks now. I have an appointment in the AM with a foot doctor.
Anyone else deal with this? I know he will tell me I need to get an operation but I'm not really into that.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:45 PM   #2
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

Join the crowd. I have two large bunions, one on each big toe, and have had them for years.

My guess is that surgery will not be recommended initially. In my case, I was told to delay surgery until the pain became unbearable. And for me, the pain is intermittent. (Usually, it bothers me more hours after exercising.)

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Old 05-05-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

Hey Jennifer,

I feel your pain...literally. I have bunions on both feet, as well as having very flat feet. Basically, they're a mess! To be honest, I've always had some level of foot pain, and yes, some days are worse than others. In the past, doctors have told me that I will probably have to get the bunions surgically removed when I get older. However, like you, I don't want it to come to that, so I'm doing all I can to help myself before considering going under the knife. So far so good....

Some things that have helped me: (1) foot exercises (there is a thread on here somewhere that mentions 'foot drills' that are free, and easy to do), (2) CrossFit training in barefeet is the best thing ever!, (3) regular chiropractic treatments that include having my feet adjusted, and (4) wearing orthotics in most of my shoes.

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:34 PM   #4
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

I've had bunion surgery on both feet and had great results. I had them done 10 years apart, however. I was mildly uncomfortable from the pain, but the decision for surgery came after seeing the problems my mother has with her feet because of bunions. It's very sad, and I know I was on the road to have the same problems when I get to be her age.

I say get the surgery because they will not go away on their own.
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

Thanks for the feed back. I will go to the doc in the AM.
Do any of you run? I really wanted to run a 5k when I'm in albany. I can't see how I could run at this point.
Also, my job has me on my feet for 12 to 13 hours a day. The other day I had to run to a code that was on the first floor when I was on the 6th floor. I took the stairs because it's faster....boy howdy did that hurt!
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Old 05-06-2008, 05:27 AM   #6
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

I run, Jen, and without any difficulty whatsoever. I know some people have had bad experiences with bunion surgery, but I have had nothing but happy feet since I had it done. I believe the key is to get moving as quickly as you can after surgery so that you can avoid the joint stiffness that peopel often experience, which tends to limit the ability to run and flex the joint.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:55 AM   #7
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

I stopped running about 15 years ago, but for different reasons.

I play tennis a couple of times a week, though. Usually, I have no pain while playing. But if I play on a hard surface, I often have pain afterwards.

Because I play more on hard surfaces in the summer, by August I typically consider going to a foot specialist again. But then the problems generally subside and I put it off.
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

Just got back from the Doctor...see my blog
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:10 PM   #9
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Re: Bunions...now I feel old

Don't feel old, I had bunions at 20 from running. I used OTC Dr Scholls stuff to get rid of them.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:16 PM   #10
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Don't feel old, I had bunions at 20 from running. I used OTC Dr Scholls stuff to get rid of them.
Yep. It has nothing to do with age. I inherited mine and had the right one fixed when I was in my 20s and the other in my 30s. I come from a long line of powerful bunions.

Avoid high heels--that will make them worse.
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