Re: scared about upcoming bunionectomy
Yes, don't do it unless you are restricted in activities because of pain from the bunion/hammertoes. I got to the point where I felt like I wanted to go through the surgery because of pain. The surgeon told me point blank that I didn't NEED it because it is not a life-threatening condition, but my deformity is serious enough that surgery is definitely a good choice. She let me leave with no pressure to act immediately which I liked. It's not like it's a heart condition or something wrong with you that is going to kill you.
I thought about it from October 2011 until March 2012 and went about my regular activities. We went to Disney and I had to do a lot of walking which sealed the deal for me. I talked at length with my rheumatologist. She told me flat-out that if she had my feet she would not hesitate to do it.
So, around March I knew I was going to do it, so I met with my surgeon again and took my list of questions. She was patient, kind and answered them all. We tried orthodics before March--I forgot about that. She said she did not feel they would help at this point because things were so advanced, but she said we should try. They didn't work (they caused pain elsewhere). So, in May this year I had a bunion corrected, a bone spur shaved off, and ALL FOUR hammertoes corrected. I basically have a completely new foot.
I managed many years with my bunion (got it from RA) but once my hammertoes were hurting so much from rubbing against my shoe tops, my little toes started falling asleep because I walk on them (they are curled under the toe next to them) I knew it was time.
You will know when you've truly had enough and there are no other options.
I highly recommend seeing a MD who has specialized in feet/ankles. I go to an ortho center in St. Louis that is affiliated with a medical school. All ortho dr's there go through extra training in their specialized area. This is the ONLY type of surgeon I would use. I want someone who only does feet/ankles to work on my ankles/feet.