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I have a bunion without pain,a hammertoe that makes wearing most shoes painful.Should I get the bunion repaired when I have the hammertoe fixed even though it is not painful ?

By Anonymous January 23, 2014 - 2:50pm
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My hammet toe is painful even with shoes that allow room and even though I wear a corn pad. The heigth of the shoe is too tight. Also the toe is ugly. I would like to wear open shoes in the summer if possible. My doctor says he can put a pin in my hammer toe. Will that get rid of the enlarged joint? Also he says I should get the bunion fixed as that is what caused the hammer toe . but the bunion does not hurt a lot and I hear recovery can be very long and maybe not successful, plus you could not ever wear a heal even for a special occasion. What do you suggest?

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Hello Anonymous,

The decision is yours. Only your physician knows if the surgery and plan to insert a pin will reduce the enlarged joint. If he has determined the bunion was the cause of the hammer toe, then I would think removing it is the way to go.

Since wearing shoes that narrow toward the toe and have higher heels is a leading cause of hammer toe, you may be advised to forego wearing this type of shoe. Your physician is the best person to ask.

Before you make the final decision, ask all your questions. feel satisfied with the answers, and weight the pros against the cons of surgery.


January 23, 2014 - 5:28pm
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