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I have started wearing pre-made inserts that I got from my pedorthist. The pedorthist has padded the sesamoid area as well as the sulcus (?) (I was told that this is was the crease of the big toe where it joins the foot underneath is challed.) Since my bunionectomy 4 months ago I have had non-stop pain in both those areas (incidentally I have the pain in both feet but only had the bunionectomy on the left foot.) I was told orthotics would help this and eventually I would no longer have pain there. I have done exactly what I was told to do as far as wearing the orthotics. But, what I am finding now is that once I take my shoes off I have horrible and incapacitating pain in the bottoms of both feet on the outer sides only from the heel up to the small toe and across the ball of the foot. Also, when I take my shoes off and walk without the orthotics my sesamoid areas on the feet just absolutely throb sharply and continuously. When I wear the orthotics I have sharp pain across the metatarsal area of both feet.I don't know what to do anymore. I have pain whether I wear shoes or not. I got the bunionectomy to stop the pain at the joint and sesamoids and now I have more pain than ever. I feel I am becoming a cripple with my feet pain.Is it possible that the inserts are too hard or stiff for my feet? Or that the padding is in the wrong area?(My doctor is out of town for the next two weeks otherwise I would be asking her. I do have an appointment with her when she returns.)Hi Lois,I am not clear whether you had sesamoid pain prior to the bunionectomy, but depending on the procedure done, there may have been some damage done to the sesamoids as a result of the surgery.If I read your complaints properly it seems there is some improvement in your feet with the orthotics because when you take them off your feet seem to hurt worse, while the orthotics are on there is also pain but of a different nature. Is that correct?If so, you very well may need a different type of orthotic.Here is what I recommend.1. Speak frankly to your doctor when she returns, let her know exactly what bothers you. Keep in mind that four months post op is not a lot of time and you could still be having some pain. What I tell my patients is that if you notice the level of pain diminishing on a week by week basis then you are doing fine; if you reach a point where the pain no longer seems to be diminishing then there may be a problem.2. The new orthotics may either need to be adjusted or you may need a different type of orthotic. If you are having similar pain on both feet when wearing the orthotics, it tells me they are coming from the orthotics. This is all predicated by the fact that you went thru the whole break in period with the orthotics. Since these are pre-made orthotics it might mean that you will require prescription orthotics.Marc Mitnick DPM
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
Thanks for a most interesting website, which has helped a lot.
I usually do my research on the Mayo clinic website. I think your website is the most informative site I have found when researching foot pain.
I thank you for putting together this incredible website.
....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!
You have an unusually clear, informative and well-written website for laypersons. Thank you for that.
Mansfield Ctr, CT
First, I'd like to thank you for all the information that you provide on your website and the opportunity to write to you.
First, I want to let you know that you have the best web site I've found related to foot issues. (The only thing I had difficulty finding was the "ask a question" page.)
I received the orthotics Monday afternoon and began wearing them Tuesday. After two days I would say that I have noticed a huge improvement in the discomfort I have been experiencing. My foot feels better than it has in months.
I greatly admire someone like you who would donate and dedicate so much time and effort to helping strangers with no compensation. Truly, it is uncommonly kind. And your site is so intelligently arranged.
Pacific Grove, CA
I used to work for a podiatrist (front desk) back during summers in
college years ago, so I know the benefits of good care. Again, I want
to thank you for an EXCELLENT website. It was so great to get to your
site (top of google search) and actually find all the answers I needed
EASILY and QUICKLY! Clearly you put a ton of work into it and I really
All the best,
By the way, millions of websites could use yours as a guideline on how to organize information and make the site user-friendly. Kudos to you!
Thank you for your very interesting and informative site!
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