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Old 01-11-2005, 11:33 AM   #1
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what could this be??

My 11 year old daughter has a bone sticking out on the side of her foot..just above the arch area, on the upper side of her foot (on the inside of the foot area). It bothers her badly at times, and it really looks suspicious. She has this on her other foot as well...it just isnt as big. It feels like a "round" bone..similar to how the ankle feels. I took her to the dr today, and she wasnt sure what it is...and is sending her to an orthopaedic dr...she said there is a chance that they may have to go in and shave the bone down. When I told my hubby that..he said "she will not ever have any kind of foot surgery....cause she will be messed up for life".......what could this be....and if they suggest surgery to correct it....what in the world do I do???

 
Old 01-11-2005, 11:41 AM   #2
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Re: what could this be??

How long has she had it? It could be that there wa a small bump on her bone that has been irritated over timne, kind of like a bunion... If all they need to do is shave the bone, they will most likely be no structural changes in her foot, in which case, the recovery should only be as long as the incision takes to heal... it is when there are shifts in teh structure of a joint or bone that recovery is delayed... hope this helps!

 
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: what could this be??

Is it on the Medial Malleolus (the round ankle bone that sticks out)? I had an exostosis (bone growth) on my medial malleolus due to repeated trauma that I had removed in conjunction with ankle ligament surgery. Is it anything like that?

 
Old 01-11-2005, 06:36 PM   #4
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she has had it for awhile now...at least 2-3 years...at first, she would only complain when she bumped it..as time goes on...it affects her more and more....when she is real active, when shoes rub against it and when she hits it against something. The dr said that it was not a bunion...she wasnt sure what it was. It is not her ankle bone...as I described it to my mom...it looks/feels as though she has "2 ankle bones..but one is on the side of her foot above her arch"....I have examined my feet...and I have nothing there..so that lets me know that it isnt supposed to be there. I guess if they decide that it will have to be shaved down..my husband will have to go in and "interview" them...so that he can be assured that nothing major will change in her foot structurally for it to mess her foot up..I guess we will just have to wait to see what the orthopaedic dr says.....its sooo hard being a parent when it comes to having to make decisions of this nature...the rest of parenting seems to have been a breeze....its just when these "major" decisions have to be made....I am so terrified of making the wrong decision. I have looked online on many sites involving foot disorders, foot problems, etc--and I have yet to find a site describing her problem..so thats why I turned to this forum..hoping someone else could help me and tell me whats going on. thanks!!

 
Old 01-12-2005, 05:41 AM   #5
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Hi,
Wow, that does sound like a bunion for sure.I would get a second opinion.
I hope things get better for the both of you and let us know how she makes out.
Sue

 
Old 01-12-2005, 05:54 AM   #6
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Good luck! Just wanted to let you know I admire you as a parent. I have had a lot of orthopedic surgeries and my parents were there to help the first two years, I had 3 while I was under the age of 18, and realize it couldn't have been the easiest thing they had ever done. Hope it all goes well.. Another suggestion, make sure the orthopedic doctor is a foot specialist.

 
Old 01-12-2005, 07:30 AM   #7
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Has she ever hurt her foot there before. it is possible that when there is an ijury to a bone, the healing process is overexaggerated and the calcification extends beyond the original injury site and forms an uncomfortable bump. It sounds to me like this is just a site on one of her foot bones that calcification has occured and is rubbing uncomfortably. I think that you might want to talk to your daughter about how she feels having the pain and how she would feel about getting it fixed, even though it will cause her to have some initial pain. Let us know what happens!

 
Old 01-12-2005, 10:19 AM   #8
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StephanieVD--thanks so much for your compliment! I love both of my girls dearly..they really have been a blessing in my life. My oldest is almost 14 years old...and to this day, I have never had any major problems with my girls. 99.8% of my days with them are just wonderful! All of us get along wonderfully, all of us show love and compassion, we laugh and joke around ALL the time! I know as far as teaching them and guiding them, that I have done a wonderful job---its the medical issues and other major things that scare me to death...worrying that I will make the wrong decision...as they say...babies arent sent home with instructions...its learn as you go....and hopefully all choices made are the correct ones. I will definitely ask if the ortho. that she has been referred to is specialized in dealing with foot issues....and I may even go for another opinion...depending on how comfortable I feel with their response to what it is and treatment options.

Spacey 11.. There has never been a foot injury, so I feel comfortable in saying that this isnt stemming from an old injury. This place has bothered her off and on for a couple of years...but it was never that often (she might would mention it 2-3 times a year)...up until the last few months...now it bothers her much more frequently. Thats why I am concerned now. It just seems that the older she gets, the more active she gets, the more her foot grows....the more she complains. I dont know about calcification...that is a thought there, and I will research it to see if there is a possibility that the symptoms match. Thanks to both of you!!

 
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