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Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain?

Posted by PhillyLady on October 21, 2002 at 13:24:43:

Hello:

I have a bunion on each foot. They are not big. They're little bunions, but the pain is terrible. This past year I've had 2 shots of cortisone in one foot and 1 shot in the other foot.

My podiatrist has advised me that there is nothing that can be done, except surgery and more shots. He also said that eventually the shots become damaging to the liver.

I don't want surgery, and more shots don't seem safe to me. By the way, I don't wear high heels or tight shoes of any kind, so that's not the problem. I take Nexrutine for arthritis, along with Glucosamine & MSM. The supplements are helping the rest of my body, but these inflamed bunions just won't let up.

Could I have gout, maybe?? My doctor dismisses that possibility. Is there a safe way to stop this crippling pain? I once read that infected joints are sometimes responsible for inflamation, so what medical tests should I have done?



Re: Bunions

Posted by Carol B. on October 21, 2002 at 18:24:04:

In Reply to: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? posted by PhillyLady on October 21, 2002 at 13:24:43:

Philly Lady,
I too have a bunion, on my right foot. My mother has a bunion on her right foot. HER mother had a bunion on her right foot. (Hmm, do you think it might be hereditary?)
I am very picky about the shoes and sandals I wear. Otherwise the pain is crippling.
If you find something for the pain, I'd be interested in knowing about it!
Carol B.

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Re: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain?

Posted by Margaret on October 22, 2002 at 17:07:24:

In Reply to: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? posted by PhillyLady on October 21, 2002 at 13:24:43:

You have the pain likely because you unknowingly walk with more weight on the inner side of your feet instead of it being "correctly" distributed. This causes more weight being carried on that inside of your foot than there should be, which in turn, caused your body make the bones there move in to help support the weight. The bump of the bunion is actually part of your big toe bone that has shifted over at an angle over time.

I had bunion surgery, and am so glad I did. However, I couldn't afford it at first, so I had special orthothics made to force my feet to be correctly aligned when I walk. I had been in so much pain I could hardly walk, but the very first day I wore the orthodics, it was like a miricle! For real. I walked without pain, finally, for years, wearing the orthodics, until I finally had the surgery. However, even with surgery, one still needs orthotics to force the feet to be correctly aligned, else the bones will again over time move over again to account for the overload of misdistributed weight making the bunion again.

It has nothing to do with what kind of shoes you have worn. It is usually a heritary thing to walk "incorrectly".
We can't conciously change how we walk to avoid having too much weight on the inside of the foot, so orthodics are needed. I am very surprised your doctor did not give that as an option. I would go to a different doctor, who knows about orthotics. Usually a podiatrist would, but the one you went to seems to not have full knowledge. The orthotics are specially made for each individual, so do cost a lot, but they last for years, and let you walk free of pain!!!



Re: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain?

Posted by PhillyLady on October 22, 2002 at 18:12:41:

In Reply to: Re: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? posted by Margaret on October 22, 2002 at 17:07:24:

Thanks Margaret:

I know about the position of the feet changing and how they affect bunions. My ankles, knees and even my hips have shifted position over the years. But tell me about the custom-made orthodics.....Can they be interchanged with different shoes? I have the store bought kind (several pairs). They can only be worn with sneakers. Even the partials take room away from my shoes and crowd my feet, so I just end up removing them.

By the way, my boss has big, fat bunions which are absolutely painless. I envy him. I wonder why inflamed bunions afflict more women than men. I suppose women are just more susceptible to inflamatory diseases.

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Re: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? (Archive in foot.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 23, 2002 at 08:10:03:

In Reply to: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? posted by PhillyLady on October 21, 2002 at 13:24:43:

Hi, PhillyLady.

I agree with your podiatrist. You might try the custom made splints. I have seen them help for years but eventually most had to have the surgery.

Goute is always possible. The only accurate test for that is a 24 hour urine collection for uric acid excretion.

The medical lore is replete with stories of patients who tried to get their "know it all docs" to test them for something, for years, before they finally found out they were right al the time and their docs only delayed the diagnosis.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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Re: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain?

Posted by Happygal on October 23, 2002 at 15:18:46:

In Reply to: Bunions - What Can Stop The Pain? posted by PhillyLady on October 21, 2002 at 13:24:43:

Hi PhillyLady,

I've heard two references to curing bunions.

One is the book "Pain Free - A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain" by Pete Egoscue. (P. 52)

The second was in a seminar on Active Isolated Stretching by Aaron Mattes. He also has a couple of books which show the technique, you might look for them.

Both techniques seem to work with restoring the normalcy of the muscles of the lower leg and foot so that they no longer pull the bones out of place. Both require ongoing self-help maintenance (stretching or movement) to keep the muscles relaxed on an ongoing basis.

It makes sense to me. I haven't actually seen it though. Sometime I hope to go to Mr. Mattes' clinic in Southern Florida and see for myself. He's highly respected and the whole thing makes sense to me so I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it works.

I would like to learn to help people with such painful problems, because I really think it can be resolved. Good luck in your search.

Best wishes,
Happygal

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