Summary of Chapter 11
I’d never date a woman with bunions.– Eddie Murphy in Boomerang
I see so many patients who look great when they walk into my office. They’re wearing Chanel suits and decked in diamonds. Not a hair is out of place and their makeup is flawless, but when they take off their shoes it’s clear why they’re hobbling in their heels or, even worse, unable to wear the shoes they love. They show me the painful, twisted knobs on their feet and it’s no wonder why they have pain with every step they take—they have bunions.
A bunion is a bony bump either on the outside edge or on top of your big toe. It’s actually a form of arthritis indicating that there are degenerative changes taking place in the joint and bones at the base of your big toe. In fact, if you were able to look inside your toe under a microscope, the cartilage that lines the surface of the bones at the articulation would look pock-marked and yellow (rather than glistening and white like healthy cartilage) and you’d see an equally distressing picture of the accompanying bone. Bunions often come in pairs. So unfortunately, if your right foot has one, your left foot is probably not far behind.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine answers:
- What is a bunion?
- Who can you blame for your bunion?
- Why does a bunion hurt so much?
- How do you reduce the pain associated with a bunion?
- When is it time to see a foot doctor?
- How do you permanently get rid of a bunion?
- What are the risks of surgery?
- Will bunion surgery hurt more than my bunion itself?
- Finding A Foot Doc
- Surgery Scars
- What is Metatarsalgia?
- Real Patient Recap: Zoe tearfully tells Dr. Levine she gave her her life back.