I am scheduled to receive bunionette surgery at the end of the month March 28th and I'm scared to death!! My case is extremely mild, however, the protusion on my foot is very painful and also makes it difficult to walk in flats at times, as well as, heels. My recovery time is expected to be a month maximum. Also, I'm told that the procedure will be to simply shave down the bone and not have to reallign my toe or anything that serious. Now, I'm only 25 and I'm an athlete. I play softball and actively work out in the gym. I enjoy wearing 5-inch heels and throwing on my cleats to get down and dirty on field at 2nd base. I've read and heard all kinds of horror stories about bunion surgery and I would be absolutely mortified of this "simple" procedure changed my entire lifestyle. Will I honestly be able to return to playing softball by May since he said i should be good to go in a month? Will I be able to continue to wear 5-inch heels and go out? Will my recovery really be that short? If I choose not to get it now, is it a possibility that it could get worse?
"The best laid plans of mice and men.......", meaning there are no guarantees when it comes to surgery, any kind of surgery. Most procedures work out well; just having the "bump" removed is generally a straight forward, relatively simple procedure, but having said that, complications can and do happen.
Has your doctor tried any conservative treatment for your foot pain? If not, that should be tried first. Sometimes a cortisone shot, for example, can be very helpful, so much so that it takes care of the problem.
Different types of shoes can be helpful, but based on your description, it is not likely that you are going to change the shoes that you like to wear, so that is not an option.
If you really have concerns about your upcoming surgery you should seek a second opinion by a foot specialist in your area.
Read my section on Surgical Consideration.
Marc Mitnick DPM