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Old 01-29-2019, 03:01 PM
 
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Hello,
I was hoping to receive some input from anyone that may be in a similar situation as I am. I had a bunionectomy exactly a year ago. In the months following the surgery, I properly followed the recovery instructions. Almost immediately after switching from a surgical shoe to a regular shoe, I noticed that I had pain under my third and fourth toes with every step. I let my surgeon know about the pain about 3-4 months after surgery but he seemed unconcerned and brushed it off as something that would heal eventually. 11 months after the surgery I saw a different podiatrist and almost immediately after I mentioned my symptoms he felt my foot and diagnosed 2 neuromas.

After looking at my x-rays he said the surgery was done well and this was a seperate issue. However, I never had this problem before and seeing as it occurred directly after having the surgery, it appears to be a direct cause.

This problem affects me significantly everyday. I am experiencing pain with every step I take and I am extremely limited with what I can do physically. I never expected to be debilitated from bunion surgery. Before the surgery I was an active runner, running up to 8 miles a day. Nowadays I am having trouble just walking short distances because of the pain and discomfort. I have received 1 cortisone injection from the doctor that diagnosed the neuromas but unfortunately, it has only worsened the pain. There is a surgery that can be done to sever the nerves however, it is extremely risky and has a low success rate.

I am interested to know if anybody here has also developed a neuroma post bunion surgery and whether or not I have any claim against the surgeon.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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Hello,
I was hoping to receive some input from anyone that may be in a similar situation as I am. I had a bunionectomy exactly a year ago. In the months following the surgery, I properly followed the recovery instructions. Almost immediately after switching from a surgical shoe to a regular shoe, I noticed that I had pain under my third and fourth toes with every step. I let my surgeon know about the pain about 3-4 months after surgery but he seemed unconcerned and brushed it off as something that would heal eventually. 11 months after the surgery I saw a different podiatrist and almost immediately after I mentioned my symptoms he felt my foot and diagnosed 2 neuromas.

After looking at my x-rays he said the surgery was done well and this was a seperate issue. However, I never had this problem before and seeing as it occurred directly after having the surgery, it appears to be a direct cause.

This problem affects me significantly everyday. I am experiencing pain with every step I take and I am extremely limited with what I can do physically. I never expected to be debilitated from bunion surgery. Before the surgery I was an active runner, running up to 8 miles a day. Nowadays I am having trouble just walking short distances because of the pain and discomfort. I have received 1 cortisone injection from the doctor that diagnosed the neuromas but unfortunately, it has only worsened the pain. There is a surgery that can be done to sever the nerves however, it is extremely risky and has a low success rate.

I am interested to know if anybody here has also developed a neuroma post bunion surgery and whether or not I have any claim against the surgeon.

Thank you in advance!
Why would you feel you have a "claim" against the surgeon???

You got a second opinion already that confirmed surgery was done well....

Regardless, it is far more likely that the bunion caused your Morton's neuroma and not the bunion surgery since Morton's neuromas are commonly associated with bunion deformity of the foot...

Correlation does not equal causation....just because you first felt the pain months after surgery doesn't mean the surgery "caused" the condition.

Find a good Foot and Ankle Orthopedic surgeon, the statement that "surgery in extremely risky with a low success rate" just isn't true when the right procedure is done by the right surgeon.
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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Hello,
I was hoping to receive some input from anyone that may be in a similar situation as I am. I had a bunionectomy exactly a year ago. In the months following the surgery, I properly followed the recovery instructions. Almost immediately after switching from a surgical shoe to a regular shoe, I noticed that I had pain under my third and fourth toes with every step. I let my surgeon know about the pain about 3-4 months after surgery but he seemed unconcerned and brushed it off as something that would heal eventually. 11 months after the surgery I saw a different podiatrist and almost immediately after I mentioned my symptoms he felt my foot and diagnosed 2 neuromas.

After looking at my x-rays he said the surgery was done well and this was a seperate issue. However, I never had this problem before and seeing as it occurred directly after having the surgery, it appears to be a direct cause.

This problem affects me significantly everyday. I am experiencing pain with every step I take and I am extremely limited with what I can do physically. I never expected to be debilitated from bunion surgery. Before the surgery I was an active runner, running up to 8 miles a day. Nowadays I am having trouble just walking short distances because of the pain and discomfort. I have received 1 cortisone injection from the doctor that diagnosed the neuromas but unfortunately, it has only worsened the pain. There is a surgery that can be done to sever the nerves however, it is extremely risky and has a low success rate.

I am interested to know if anybody here has also developed a neuroma post bunion surgery and whether or not I have any claim against the surgeon.

Thank you in advance!
They are separate issues, but are also related in the sense that they involve the same foot. Consider that the mechanical foot problem that lead to your bunion probably predisposed you to the neuroma. It was probably waiting to become noticeable. The formation of your foot as well as your gait lead to the bunion. It also lead to the neuroma. You've been favoring your bunion for a while before removing it and are still doing so after removing it. This probably irritated the neuroma because of how you've been bearing weight on that foot. It wasn't the surgery itself. There wasn't any reason for the surgeon to manipulate the site where your neuroma formed.

I've had both...my feet are terrible. Its been a life long balancing act to keep things calmed down. One thing changes, everything else responds to the change.

There are non-surgical support and padding aids to calm neuromas down. Have you tried them? They can really help a lot.

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Old 01-29-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Hello,
I was hoping to receive some input from anyone that may be in a similar situation as I am. I had a bunionectomy exactly a year ago. In the months following the surgery, I properly followed the recovery instructions. Almost immediately after switching from a surgical shoe to a regular shoe, I noticed that I had pain under my third and fourth toes with every step. I let my surgeon know about the pain about 3-4 months after surgery but he seemed unconcerned and brushed it off as something that would heal eventually. 11 months after the surgery I saw a different podiatrist and almost immediately after I mentioned my symptoms he felt my foot and diagnosed 2 neuromas.

After looking at my x-rays he said the surgery was done well and this was a seperate issue. However, I never had this problem before and seeing as it occurred directly after having the surgery, it appears to be a direct cause.

This problem affects me significantly everyday. I am experiencing pain with every step I take and I am extremely limited with what I can do physically. I never expected to be debilitated from bunion surgery. Before the surgery I was an active runner, running up to 8 miles a day. Nowadays I am having trouble just walking short distances because of the pain and discomfort. I have received 1 cortisone injection from the doctor that diagnosed the neuromas but unfortunately, it has only worsened the pain. There is a surgery that can be done to sever the nerves however, it is extremely risky and has a low success rate.

I am interested to know if anybody here has also developed a neuroma post bunion surgery and whether or not I have any claim against the surgeon.

Thank you in advance!
Sorry to hear of your dismay after going thru this not fun surgery..what surgery is fun? I have one friend in my life who had this bunionectomy and as far as I know she's doing OK, she's never mentioned other issues and since then she and I have been thru other type surgeries.

As I see it almost every MD will tell us something different. I live with complications from a hip surgery that I Never expected, so in my mind so much is connected and complicated. One gets patients experiences and then there are MD experiences...both widely opposing.

As far as a suit against the surgeon, we sign off on these elective surgeries, and live with what we're left with.

Just thinking that "maybe" PRP injections could help the issues you are challenged with. I would at least get a consult from a PRP provider in your area. THey are spreading across the U.S.

Sure enough here is info:

https://www.mortonsneuroma.com/blog/...rtons-neuroma/

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Old 02-23-2021, 02:11 PM
 
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I had the exact same thing happen to me an am now seeking surgery to resolve this issue. What treatment did you end up doing? It’s been almost 2 years dealing with this issue which was not there pre surgery.
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Old 02-23-2021, 03:33 PM
 
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I had the exact same thing happen to me an am now seeking surgery to resolve this issue. What treatment did you end up doing? It’s been almost 2 years dealing with this issue which was not there pre surgery.
OP was posted in 1/2019. Poster never returned. Hasn't signed on since 2/2019. Don't think you're going to get an answer.
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Old Today, 01:27 PM
 
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Thank you for the info. above. If anyone else out there has these symptoms post bunionectomy don’t lose hope or give up.
I had my second surgery a few weeks ago ( now post bunionectomy 2 years ago) and they did find an engorged nerve and a Morton’s neuroma which was resected. My personal opinion is that there was some type of nerve entrapment during my bunion surgery which caused this complication. It’s been a long journey these past two years getting relief and I’m hoping the resection will make a difference. My foot still feels off especially where the bunionectomy was performed. I’m hoping in time this will somewhat resolve. Until then padding the ball of my foot and wearing comfortable shoes it will be.
One last thing, get a few opinions before you have a second surgery, one of the doctors wanted to shorten my second and third toes stating that my great toe had been shortened too much during the ostotomy and that a neuroma was not the problem.
Best of luck to anyone else out there having these issues. I hope my experience may be of value to someone suffering from the same problem.

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