Hi, I had a bunionectomy a year ago and am still experiencing pain. A recent MRI shows arthritis in the joint. Does anyone who has had a bunionectomy experience arthritis after the surgery? Just wondering if it is a consequence and doctors do not tell you about it.
Well, it depends on how much cartilege is left to begin with. Obviously, people with bunions have some cartilege damage already. And since arthritis is non-reversable, the joint will continue to erode over time. I would imagine if the surgeon had drilled holes in the remaining during the surgery, it could have regenerated somewhat. But if there appeared no reason to at that point, it ceratinly could have degenerated enough in a year's time to cause pain. Have you tried any anti-inflammatories? Aleve, Celebrex, etc?
No I have not - I don't like taking medications. I know anti-inflammatories are not good for your stomach. I will have to ask the doctor how severe the damage is. It just seems like something is not right, that I should not be in this kind of pain a year after the surgery. I am wondering if the wrong procedure was done. My pod is referring me to a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon (appt on Apr 30). I am very unhappy and feel the surgery was a failure.
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you wont know if it is the dr. i blame my dr, also. but there is nothing you can do about it except seeing the specialist. try to stay more positive than negative. i know its hard, but i am here and not in pain!
I had bunion surgery 5 weeks ago and I am just putting on a shoe. i have heard that arthritis is common after surgery, Does it happen often, is their anything that I should be aware of. i was told for right now I need to excersie my toe, will this help in pain control
I feel I should not in any pain 1 year after surgery - it limits my life and activities and it is difficult to stay positive. I used to do kickboxing, step aerobics, walked everywhere. At 48 years old, I should be able to walk for miles, not just thru my day and can't wait to get off my foot. And I fear for the other foot - that will eventually have to be done. I have hereditary bunions from my mother. People without foot problems just don't get how debiliating it can be. Thanks for your help!
Well, it shouldn't be as a result of the surgery. But no one can predict something else happening unrelated to the surgery. I've had a morton's neuroma excised, a cheilectomy, stress fracture of 4th met and ganglion cyst all on my left foot. Right one will need a chielectomy eventually. So I'm very familiar with foot issues. And I can tell you that strange unconnected things can happen. Who could have predicted that I would have a stress fracture right next to where the nerve ending was buried from the neuroma excision and then have a ganglion cyst come up right over all that the week after I got out of the boot from the fracture? Think I didn't feel rained on? But they were all unconnected. So what I am saying is that the surgery might or might not be the cause of the pain/arthritis. Don't discount any possibility and check it out thoroughly.
In the meantime, if 2 Aleve in the AM take care of the pain, then you are better off than you are now.
Okay, I have been using Advil, but will try Aleve. Titchou - are you limited at all on your activities because of all your foot problems? I thought I remember another post by you that you said you dance and wear high heels?
[QUOTE=Chubstercat;3956563]Hi, I had a bunionectomy a year ago and am still experiencing pain. A recent MRI shows arthritis in the joint. Does anyone who has had a bunionectomy experience arthritis after the surgery? Just wondering if it is a consequence and doctors do not tell you about it.[/QUOTE]
I had bunion surgery and my POD discovered arthritis in the joint. I am six months post surgery but I still have a lot of pain. I am able to play tennis twice a week but I used to play every day. The doc gave me a cortisone injuction that helped with the inflammation but not the pain. Right now I take Advil and sometimes a pain pill. I am thinking about physical therapy.
What a timely post! Does the joint of your toe swell MaryKan? Two years ago this September I made my first visit to a POD. My right foot had a regular bunion and a tailor's bunion. My POD ordered x-rays and was happy to tell me my feet had no sign of arthritis ( I was 47). Long story short, I had surgery with osteotomies on the right foot May 2008 and recovered well. My left foot would eventually need surgery, but was not causing pain. I started Zumba, a latin inspired aerobics, last November. It was great for stretching out my post-surgical foot. Last March I had my first flare-up of arthritis in a finger, which returned close to normal. Last night I went to Zumba, and the toe joint of my non-surgical foot became very painful. I whimpered as I drove home because I have a manual, and using the clutch hurt the foot. When I arrived home, I peeled off my sock and saw that the big toe joint on my non-surgical left foot was swollen. Now I wonder, is it just bunion getting worse, or bad bunion plus arthritis? My post-surgical foot seems fine. I'm of the age when arthritis occurs, so arthritis after surgery could be unconnected. Today the joint is swollen, but not nearly as painful. My only suggestion is to try Aleve, as that has worked best for my arthritis symptoms. Keep us posted.
I too had a cheilectomy on Jan 7, 09 and am experiencing pain on the ball of my foot. I kept complaining to the doc so he finally took an xray and said he saw some arthritis in the ball of my foot. I've gone from having pain in the joint before the cheilectomy to now pain in the ball of the foot after cheilectomy. In the mean time i endured having a fusion on my other foot and now that foot feels 10x better than the non fused foot. Go figure! When people ask me how my foots been i'm almost embbarrased to say "oh the fusion has healed and it feels great, but now my other foot hurts", i can just see them roll their eyes. Anyway, i don't know if the surgery caused the arthritis, i don't think so, i just think we all got dealt a raw hand when it comes to our feet.
All i know is my old bad foot is now my good foot and my old good foot is now my bad foot
My doctor did see some arthritis on the x-ray before the surgery. He said it was pretty messy in there, and he had to "clean it up" in addition to the bunion surgery. In any event, I did try the Aleve and it helped. My friend gave me a cream of Ketoprofen and Lipoderm and that helps too. Has anyone tried Celebrex?