I have bunions on both my feet. I am horrified! The one on my left foot is larger than the one on the right. I have had 3 doctors (one recently) to tell me that not he couldn't do surgery to remove it. He explained to me that the feet were already deformed which horrified me even more. I'm wondering, what do I do now. My feet have shanked and the bunions really stick out now. Plus none of my shoes fit now. OH NO!!!
I'm 61 now and wonder, do I have to deal with this the rest of my life. I can't wear any toe out shoes mainly because it's so embarrassing. I read the article which was extremely helpful. Is there nothing I can do at this point?

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Feb 12, 2017

by: Dominic

You find that bunions don't just normally creep up on you and then you find that your feet have bunions. Also your feet sound like they are moving suddenly (shanked). So make sure that they are OK and nothing causing that.

If they are then conservative treatment is always the best first:

- get wider footwear so that the outside and depth pressures don't hurt your foot. Old footwear is not going to fit and will cause more pain

Then I would ask if I wanted them gone or not. The only problem is:

1- surgery is not always 100% You can have problems with it and come out the other end slightly worse
2- there is a long post-op period
3- make sure who you pick has done a few before. There are quite a few surgical techniques for bunions
4- make sure that the reason you "got" bunions in the first place has been reduced- orthotics after surgical procedure
5- they can come back

Doesn't sound like they have too much bedside manner. :)

Depending on your medical history 61 isn't a bad age for bunion surgery- if that is just what you require. Try to find out the reason for the refusal to treat. If there are no medical reasons, try someone else.

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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.