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After bunion surgery

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I have been diagnosed with a bunion in the ‘severe’ range.
I am finally considering having surgery (Aiken and McBride.) However, I am a rock climber and climbing (at the level that I do) requires wearing fairly tight shoes.
I have read that “you cannot go back to wearing tight shoes after surgery.” I will never stop climbing.
Thus, should I not have the surgery?
I am fairly sure that climbing shoes did not cause my bunion.
(Both of my parents and my siblings have severe bunions.
My bunion has been forming since I was quite young.
I have not noticed a significant worsening since I started climbing.)


2 comments

    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    You are correct. Shoes do not cause bunions, but they can aggravate them. They are inherited as so many other traits are. As far as rock climbing goes, I would suggest you discuss this in depth with the doctor and listen to what is said regarding shoes afterward. There are many variables involved here and it is possible that a compromise can be reached. Nevertheless, it the bunions do not hurt you, consider waiting.

    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    You are correct. Shoes do not cause bunions, but they can aggravate them. They are inherited as so many other traits are. As far as rock climbing goes, I would suggest you discuss this in depth with the doctor and listen to what is said regarding shoes afterward. There are many variables involved here and it is possible that a compromise can be reached. Nevertheless, it the bunions do not hurt you, consider waiting. I recommend more Vitamin C in smokers. and B12 in vegetarians.

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