What would you do?
I had bunions removed and second meta bones shortened in both feet back in the 70's. Over the last 5 yrs my feet have gotten very painful. I have seen 2 doctors; one is an foot/ankle ortopedic--highly recommended. This surgeon said i have a morton's neuroma, something equivilant to carpal tunnel syndrom, and that the old hardware needs to come out. He would be my first choice but the drive to his office is awful, city/congestion/highway/etc.
Tuesday I saw a podiatrist who said that all of the surgery that i had done in the 70's is now undone. He would need to rebreak the large bone on the outside of the foot, shorten the second metatarsal again, add screws and a steel plate and remove the hardware from the old surgery, but said it was very fixable.
I asked the podiatrist if i had a neuroma, he said he didn't think so, that most of the pain was from the inflamation and he gave me a cortisone injection.
Now, who would you go with for surgery. Their diagnosis' are similar, but obviously the Orthopedic's procedure sounds much easier that the podiatrist's.
I am scared to pieces. when i was a teen and had both feet operated on, my parent's didn't have med insurance. i had it done in a basement operating room of a podiatrist's office, i was awake, feelt all of the shuts, the sawing of the bone, the breaking, etc. I remeber laying in my bed for days on end sobbing from the pain, i am horrified that i have to go through this agin, any and all support are welcome.