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Old 05-28-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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What would you do?

Hi Everyone,

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.


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Old 05-28-2009, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: What would you do?

First of all I would recommend a visit to one more doctor since the first two have such different takes on what is going on with your feet. Second I would like to assure you that this time around won't be as bad. You can also choose to have one foot done at a time. By your letter's information, I think we are probably in the same age range. Our feet have carried us around for a long time and they change, move etc. Please keep us posted. Good luck.

Old 05-28-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: What would you do?

First of all, a Morton's Neuroma has nothing to do with pain in your big toe which is where you had your bunion surgery. I've had a MN and I've had big toe susrgery (cheilectomy - not the same as bunionectomy but there are similarities) and I can tell you they bore no resemblance to each other - very distinctly different issues.

I would second the suggestion to get a 3rd opinion from a foot and ankle ortho and would add that she/she be a sports med doc as well if at all possible. Definitely a F & A certified ortho though. What's the nearest large city or major college to you? If oyu are near enough to NYC, try Dr. Elliott at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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