Bunion and bone spur removal
Hello, I need to have both a bunion and a large spur on my big toe removed from my left foot. I also have to have the arthritis cleaned out. I've put this off due to my job and have received cortisone shots to help with the pain. My podiatrist told me it's only a four week healing in just a surgical shoe, then he said , maybe 6 weeks. Then he said I could start running again around 8 weeks. With the last injection I had, he said he was going to cut the bones, re-aligjn , and within 2 weeks I could be back at work. I'm worried about the recovery time, Im reading online that it takes forever. I travel for work. Which procedure will allow the fastest recovery? he did not mention pins or hardware. I see so many procedures but the only address either just the bunion, or bone spur, not both. I'm 48, no smoking, drink wine and I am fit. ThanksRESPONSE
The problem here is if you are going to bother putting yourself through this, you want the procedure performed that gives you the best chance of success.
Keep in mind there is an element of risk having this type of elective surgery. One of the risks is that you end up no better or possibly even worse off then you are now.
If you read your narrative, it appears you are going through the "long creep". First you are having a quick procedure and will be better in two weeks. This transcends
to a procedure where the surgeon now wants to break and realign one or both of the bones involved in the bunion formation. In order to do this, you will end up with either temporary hardware or permanent hardware.
I am looking at this from the other side of the internet but if you have bones cut and realigned and you were my patient you would not be running in eight weeks and this is assuming no complications. Having said that, in order to potentially have the best surgical result you may need your bone(s) realigned and that should trump the time it takes to get back to running.
I cannot help you beyond this, but I am concerned about the information your podiatrist is giving you. It seems to keep changing. Any well trained podiatrist should be able to examine you, look at a set of x-rays and determine a procedure without continually changing his mind.
I think your best bet would be to get a second opinion by another podiatrist in your area. This way the second opinion will either agree with the simpler procedure or agree you need your bones broken and realigned.
Once the actual procedure is decided upon then you will have a better idea of how long you may be out of work and how long until you can start running again. Additionally, returning to work on a certain date may be without wearing dress shoes. Keep in mind these will only be estimates and there are many variables which can delay your healing.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER