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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Foot pain after bunionectom/ repair.
by Kathy Jones
I am a very healthy 31 year old cosmetologist. So my feet are very important to me! I had what was suppose to be a bunionectomy in Dec.2008, I have recently found out that it was a bunion repair. I have not been told what the name of the surgery was, so let me explain the best I can. The doctor made 2 incesions the first between the first and second metatarsal, where he cut the tendon and tied it to the bones then he made one across where the big toe and foot meet and he shaved bone from the joint. I ended up with a staph infection and over the course of the first month after surgery I tryed 4-5 different antibiotics. None seemed to do much good. I went to see my family doctor because the foot doctor released me. My family doctor found what appeared to be a forigen body. We had that removed and sent to pathology. After that surgery I felt great for about 2 weeks. Now almost 5 month later I have seen 4 specialist and have gotten 4 different answeres. My foot hurts so bad at time that I could cry. I can prop it up and it swells, I can leave it down and it swells, it is always either purple or red. Just depends on what color it wants to be for the moment. I am at my witts end and wondered if you could offer me any information.
Well.....complications such as a staph infection are certainly going to delay healing but at five months post-op I too would be concerned. I also would be curious to know what kind of foreign body was removed.
It does not sound like you had a complicated bunionectomy (or bunion repair) and I assume you are in good health and you certainly are young, so theoretically you should be on the mend in spite of your setbacks.
I cannot be of much help without actually examining you, but I would be curious to know what the other specialists you have seen have told you. Perhaps I could offer some advice then.
Marc Mitnick DPM
Johns Hopkins Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
American Academy of Pediatrics
Penn State Medical Center
National Institutes of Health
Columbia University Department of Rehabilitation
Stanford Health Care
Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
Mount Sinai Hospital
Institute for Chronic Pain
University of Florida Health
American Family Physician
University of Maryland Medical Center