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My life as an image consultant and style blogger is all glamour. Absolutely, I’m sure that’s what you think. The reality, not so.  Really it’s lot of time spent thinking and writing about style and colour topics and seeing clients and helping them sort out their wardrobes.

Now I’ve always loved a fabulous pair of shoes, but over the past 6 years, wearing fabulous shoes has been getting harder and harder.  So much so, that I’ve just gone under the knife for bunion surgery on my right foot.

How did it get to this point you may ask?  Well, you may not be, but I have been, and I see the start of my foot issues back in 2012 during my trip to Hawaii for the AICI Conference.

It was my first experience of walking around (not in bizarre shoes, just regular sandals for about an hour) and ending up with blisters on the balls of my feet.  It was the first sign that my bunions were more than just a little unsightly, but they were impacting on how my foot behaved, and no longer was the pressure being evenly distributed by the bones under my big toe, little toe and heel, as it should be,  instead, the pressure was being taken in every step by my 2nd, 3rd and 4th toes, which are the smaller boned and weaker ones.

Fast forward to 2014 when I started running and was happily pounding the pavements  3-4 times a  week for a 5km run.  This then started to aggravate an old ballet injury from my teen years (one that I had forgotten about) to the point that after 2 years of running I started getting lots of pain in the joint of my 2nd toe, the toe I had injured doing a jete and landing poorly, all those years ago.

My doctor just told me to rest up and not run for a few months, I did this, but a few months turned into a year and more, and still, the pain was there when I wanted to walk (not even run).  Most of the time I tried to ignore it but eventually, I returned to my doctor and he referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon.

After x-rays and a consultation, he noted that I had inflammation of the 2nd toe joint, as well as my bunion, and we tried the orthotic route.  These orthotics did reduce my level of pain somewhat and did stop the balls of my feet blistering, but I was still getting blisters on my 4th toe when walking less than half of the recommended 10 000 daily steps and that dastardly 2nd toe pain was still there.

Spending time in the UK summer, and it was a hot one, also made me realise that orthotics are all fine and good in winter shoes and boots, but just are not great for a hot Melbourne summer where the temperature is regularly over 30C and open shoes are the only way to travel. Summer doesn’t last a few weeks, but a few months.  Plus they hadn’t actually fixed my feet in the way we had hoped.

After chatting with a friend who had had her bunions removed, I decided to take the plunge and go for the bunion surgery, no guarantees that it would fix my issues, but I figure I’ve got a large shoe collection and a lot of years left to wear them all and the chance of reducing my pain was very good.

So here I lie, with my foot up above my heart on a stack of cushions for the next 2 weeks waiting for the bones to heal and the swelling to ease, wearing a beautiful moon shoe!

The surgeon found that my 2nd toe had arthritis, caused from that impact injury all those years ago, then exacerbated by the running.  He has cleaned out the joint so we hope that this will improve my walking situation markedly.  Now with pins in 3 toes and some tendons that have been snipped as there were pulling my toes under too far, I am awaiting the results to see just how successful this surgery has been.

Originally posted – https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2018/09/why-i-decided-to-have-bunion-surgery.html

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