Well, it isn’t dorsal bunions; it’s bone spurs. On both feet. I WILL need surgery, but I’m OK with that; anything to keep me from walking like Jabba the Hut during a Lower GI is fine with me. The left big toe isn’t nearly as bad as the right, but the fact that the range of motion on it is about 15% is what prompted him to say it needed to be done also. My right foot has about 2% range of motion, meaning when your big toe starts to bend when you stand on your tippy-toes, mine stops at about the time my heel almost comes off the ground. It also explains the wear pattern on my shoes. The Doctor looked at them with a “Dear Lord” expression on his face and told me to bring in my newest pair of shoes so he can give me inserts to help until the surgery. The wear pattern starts about 1/3 of the way down from my toes, stays on the outside of the shoe and the heels are almost worn through. I’m basically walking like a barefoot little kid on hot asphalt, on the sides of my feet. The surgery on my left knee is also why my right toe is so much worse (this is my thinking, not the Doc’s), I can’t shift my weight to my left foot because I can’t straighten my knee all the way, so I constantly stand with my weight on my right foot. What a mess I am!
I talked him into doing both feet at the same time. I don’t know how wise of a decision that was, but it made sense at the time. Given my history with anesthesia, I’d rather knock it out all at once than have to go under twice. Economically it should keep the cost down as well, so I think it’s the right thing to do. I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to drive with 2 surgical boots on my feet for 2 to 4 weeks, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Possibly on crutches or in a wheel chair with me pulling groceries and 3 NukeKids behind me in Radio Flyer wagons. I know that it is going to be a pain for a while, but I’m anxious to get it over with and be able to move like a normal human again. For over 17 years I’ve been asking my feet, knees and hips to work in ways they weren’t intended to and it’s catching up to me. I’ve put undue stress on my knees and hips from over compensating for my feet and it’s making all of them suffer. Take care of your feet while you’re young. Whoa, I’m starting to sound like Lt. Dan. I can’t say I’m looking forward to hobbling around in surgical boots, but I’ve been walking like a gimp for so long that it can’t help but be an improvement.