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Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Posted by annoHeny on 8/22/01 at 12:44 (057554)

Hello,

I'm in my late teens and I inherited bunions from my mothers side of the family. My bunions are painful but not that bad. The problem is that I am a dancer, and there is certain kinds of dancing I can't do because of my feet but if I get the surgery I'll be able to do what I couldn't do before. But I am scared that If I get it done then my motor movement will be limited. Does anyone know about bunion surgery at all? I'm just really scared and need someones opinion whether to get it or not.
Please any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thankyou

Annony

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Pauline on 8/22/01 at 14:21 (057563)

Just my opinion. You never mentioned the type of dance you are involved in. If Ballet is one of them the constant pounding on you toes, jumps etc
(I know your not on point) in itself could have also contributed to your problem. If dancing is your life, I would contact a national dance company, explain your problem and find out who treats their principle dancers feet. I'd phone their referal and go for a visit.

Best of luck!

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/22/01 at 16:10 (057584)

Bunion surgery can lead to restricted big toe joint motion or improved motion depending on procedure selection.
Ed

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/22/01 at 19:43 (057619)

One of the risks that you need to know is that there is a chance for decrease in the range of motion at the big toe bunion joint. No matter what the procedure is or who is doing this procedure this is the risk.

May or may not having any effect on your life style but could effect your dancing.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

The Teen on 8/22/01 at 20:42 (057624)

Well what are the chances that I will have a decrease in motion? Is it high or Low? Let's say that that the surgery didn't go well would I still be able to dance, or would my career be over? Would you suggest getting it done at my age? The doctor that will be doing the surgery is an expert and he is all for having the surgery, I'm just a little scared with the career I'm going into, my feet are everything. But if the surgery does go well will the range of motion be affected? Sorry about all the questions. I've heard that through massage therapy after surgery it can help the foot recover quicker, and will help in the motion...

Sorry any info will be greatly appreciated.

Teen

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

BG CPed on 8/22/01 at 21:07 (057627)

This is not from a Doctor but if I were you I would look at what you said about it 'not being that painful' If not then what are the main reasons to do it? is it more because it looks odd? Hi level ballet dancers are some of the most beutiful women in the world...till you see the feet. What I mean is the feet take tons of abuse.
You may want to ask about conservative treatments. Possible orthotics. Get your feet measured and buy wider running type shoes and sandals to wear as much as possible.

Dancers are hard to treat because the footwear is very non supportive and wont accept any device. It also will not allow you to feel the floor if you do find a thin device. You may consider if you try all those things and the pain is tolerable you may want to wait a few years for the surgery, ypou can always get it later. Many folks get that done and do well. You are in a activity that is very rough on the feet so you need to be comfortable when and if you have it that it may produce great results or you may be limited in your dancing but fine otherwise.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

The Teen on 8/22/01 at 22:17 (057634)

no my feet are very painful, and I go through hell trying to find shoes that are comfortable and won't hurt my feet. What I mean is that some people have enormous amounts of pain, I'm not a bad case however my feet do hurt me a lot to the point where I have to sit down all the time when I'm out cause the pain is unbearable. I hate the pain and I hate the way my feet look. I'm just trying to figure out what to do.

thanks

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/22/01 at 22:59 (057635)

You have to understand I have not seen your feet or examined your x-rays

Do you have pain without shoes on. Do you have pain when you are walking without shoes.

If your answer to the two questions are no then we are talking about a shoe pressure against the bunion.

You have to now think about dancing and what it means to you cause there is a possibility that bunion surgery can lead to infection ( rare but real)
loss of joint motion.

So your choice is live with your feet and try to find shoes that will fit.
Can be done today . The style and size are out there . Wait until your dance career is over and then re-consider your choices. If you are having pain when dancing then this needs to be addressed.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Pauline on 8/23/01 at 00:18 (057650)

You never said how old you are, but you still have a lot of living to do.
You've never mentioned having a second opinion or third for that matter with both Orthopedic foot and ankle specialist and Podiatrists. Every doctor feels they are a good doctor. I haven't heard one ever tell me differently. Unfortunately none of them can provide you with a guarantee that the surgery they will do will totally eliminate your problem and not cause you other ones.

If you were my teen, I'd gladly go with you to get several opinions. Why not learn all you can about the surgery you want to have before you jump
into the operating room. Everyone wants a fast cure, but surgery may not provide it. I think you need to do more research before you hand over your feet.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Kathy M on 8/25/01 at 08:38 (057904)

Hi....I had 2 bunion surgeries when I was 16 and 18. I am now 31 and have had absolutely NO problems since. The first one was awful, which was why I had to have the 2nd one done - to correct the first! But the second doctor put in a screw, which helped tremendously. The healing was so quick, and I have 100% full range of motion! So, all I can tell you is...find a GOOD doctor, ask lots of questions, and if it doesn't work, try again - the second time was the charm for me! Good luck!

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Pauline on 8/22/01 at 14:21 (057563)

Just my opinion. You never mentioned the type of dance you are involved in. If Ballet is one of them the constant pounding on you toes, jumps etc
(I know your not on point) in itself could have also contributed to your problem. If dancing is your life, I would contact a national dance company, explain your problem and find out who treats their principle dancers feet. I'd phone their referal and go for a visit.

Best of luck!

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/22/01 at 16:10 (057584)

Bunion surgery can lead to restricted big toe joint motion or improved motion depending on procedure selection.
Ed

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/22/01 at 19:43 (057619)

One of the risks that you need to know is that there is a chance for decrease in the range of motion at the big toe bunion joint. No matter what the procedure is or who is doing this procedure this is the risk.

May or may not having any effect on your life style but could effect your dancing.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

The Teen on 8/22/01 at 20:42 (057624)

Well what are the chances that I will have a decrease in motion? Is it high or Low? Let's say that that the surgery didn't go well would I still be able to dance, or would my career be over? Would you suggest getting it done at my age? The doctor that will be doing the surgery is an expert and he is all for having the surgery, I'm just a little scared with the career I'm going into, my feet are everything. But if the surgery does go well will the range of motion be affected? Sorry about all the questions. I've heard that through massage therapy after surgery it can help the foot recover quicker, and will help in the motion...

Sorry any info will be greatly appreciated.

Teen

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

BG CPed on 8/22/01 at 21:07 (057627)

This is not from a Doctor but if I were you I would look at what you said about it 'not being that painful' If not then what are the main reasons to do it? is it more because it looks odd? Hi level ballet dancers are some of the most beutiful women in the world...till you see the feet. What I mean is the feet take tons of abuse.
You may want to ask about conservative treatments. Possible orthotics. Get your feet measured and buy wider running type shoes and sandals to wear as much as possible.

Dancers are hard to treat because the footwear is very non supportive and wont accept any device. It also will not allow you to feel the floor if you do find a thin device. You may consider if you try all those things and the pain is tolerable you may want to wait a few years for the surgery, ypou can always get it later. Many folks get that done and do well. You are in a activity that is very rough on the feet so you need to be comfortable when and if you have it that it may produce great results or you may be limited in your dancing but fine otherwise.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

The Teen on 8/22/01 at 22:17 (057634)

no my feet are very painful, and I go through hell trying to find shoes that are comfortable and won't hurt my feet. What I mean is that some people have enormous amounts of pain, I'm not a bad case however my feet do hurt me a lot to the point where I have to sit down all the time when I'm out cause the pain is unbearable. I hate the pain and I hate the way my feet look. I'm just trying to figure out what to do.

thanks

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/22/01 at 22:59 (057635)

You have to understand I have not seen your feet or examined your x-rays

Do you have pain without shoes on. Do you have pain when you are walking without shoes.

If your answer to the two questions are no then we are talking about a shoe pressure against the bunion.

You have to now think about dancing and what it means to you cause there is a possibility that bunion surgery can lead to infection ( rare but real)
loss of joint motion.

So your choice is live with your feet and try to find shoes that will fit.
Can be done today . The style and size are out there . Wait until your dance career is over and then re-consider your choices. If you are having pain when dancing then this needs to be addressed.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Pauline on 8/23/01 at 00:18 (057650)

You never said how old you are, but you still have a lot of living to do.
You've never mentioned having a second opinion or third for that matter with both Orthopedic foot and ankle specialist and Podiatrists. Every doctor feels they are a good doctor. I haven't heard one ever tell me differently. Unfortunately none of them can provide you with a guarantee that the surgery they will do will totally eliminate your problem and not cause you other ones.

If you were my teen, I'd gladly go with you to get several opinions. Why not learn all you can about the surgery you want to have before you jump
into the operating room. Everyone wants a fast cure, but surgery may not provide it. I think you need to do more research before you hand over your feet.

Re: Bunions... Teen considering sugery

Kathy M on 8/25/01 at 08:38 (057904)

Hi....I had 2 bunion surgeries when I was 16 and 18. I am now 31 and have had absolutely NO problems since. The first one was awful, which was why I had to have the 2nd one done - to correct the first! But the second doctor put in a screw, which helped tremendously. The healing was so quick, and I have 100% full range of motion! So, all I can tell you is...find a GOOD doctor, ask lots of questions, and if it doesn't work, try again - the second time was the charm for me! Good luck!