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by Patty Mercurio
(Rome, New York, USA)
I have been having persistant pain in the ball of foot for well over a year when I had surgery on April 4, 2008. I had an Austin/Akin procedure with a shortening of the 2nd metatarsal. When the podiatrist went in to do the surgery he shaved the bunion and there was a cystic area not found on the x-ray. He had to put a staple in the bone that was larger than normally put in the foot. I am still having pain dispite going to physical therapy for 2 months and wearing prescription orthotics that the podiatrist made for me after all the swelling in the foot was gone. I went to another doctor for a 2nd opinion. The first words out of his mouth when he looked at the x-rays were "you have to go back to the operating room, this is not good." He said the staple was reducing my range of motion and I should have the hardware removed as soon as possible if I was to obtain optimal range of motion. I am having the hardware removed (all but the screw in the big toe for the Austin) on October 10. Please give me your opinion of all this. I am worried that the wrong procedure was chosen and that is the reason for the pain and not the hardware. I am only 48 and was VERY active prior to this and this pain is ruining my life! Plus, I have foot number 2 to worry about! I have heredity bunions from my mother. Please help!
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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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