If you've ever watched any television in your life, you're probably under the impression that bunions are these nasty sores that old people get on their feet. I'm here to tell you that the stereotypes perpetuated by the uniformed media regarding bunions could not be further from the truth. A bunion is simply a deformity of the foot. Nothing more, nothing less. With that being said, I've had bunions my entire life, hereditary ones. Now, not all bunions are hereditary. Many people get them as a result of wearing shoes that don't fit properly. I, however, just got them from my mom's side of the family.
As with any bodily deformity, bunions can very much be painful. Mine have acted up throughout my life, but over the past year or more, they've been so bad that this past Thursday (September 7th) I had my right bunion surgically corrected. The photo to the right is what my foot looked like pre-correction. The lump on the left side of my foot is the bunion. It's not a nasty sore or anything that's all that disgusting, is it?
Bunions are a result of that specific bone in the foot growing improperly. So, for it to be corrected, they made two incisions in my foot, (one down the top of my foot between my first two toes and one on the bunion itself,) manipulated the bones and joints into the correct positions, and then fused everything together so as to keep it all in place. Below is what I'll be dealing with for the next two weeks before getting a neat cast (that I hope I can get with a paw print wrap!)
So, in conclusion, don't let vague and inaccurate TV show depictions of bunions make it so you think I'm dealing with something uber disgusting. Also, like I said I've grown up with them, so they're certainly not just something old people get. In reality, they're just as common in 19-40 year olds as they are in those over the age of 60. They're as common as the flu! If you have any questions at all regarding bunions or the surgery I had, feel free to comment! I would be more than happy to help properly educate the masses on bone deformities! :)
DISCLAIMER: I was prescribed Oxycodone for the post-operative pain, and did write this while on said medication. In the true spirit of Unedited | Unfiltered, I didn't re-read this at all before posting it. I truly hope it is at least slightly comprehendible!
|My foot two months post-op|