The knees are getting replaced. Who knew they were already bone on bone for the last many months. I must have a high pain tolerance. My family and friends have been so kind to listen to my complaining ... but apparently it was REAL. Now to get to the nit picking. My feet.
Yesterday I went to a second podiatrist because I can't wear shoes. I have been wearing good solid flip flops with arch support for the past two years. But the bunions continue to grow (gee they are so ugly!) and now I have a hammertoe on a second toe. Last year I had pain in between the bunion joint and the hammertoe. GP sent me to the foot doctor at his same clinic who gave me a cortisone shot and said all was well. When I asked my Dr. this year about seeing a podiatrist because I am unable to wear shoes, he again suggested the foot doctor at his same clinic. I asked if he was also a surgeon (he's not), he gave me the name of someone else. Why pay one guy to refer me to another guy.
Yesterday I met with Dr. Tillett. Now I am pretty mad at podiatrist #1. Things have progressed so that now the surgery to correct things is MAJOR. Apparently wearing custom orthotics can slow down the process. Once the separation of bones is larger than 16 degrees, a WEDGE of bone must be removed in order to "tip" the big toe towards the middle of your foot. Then a chunk of bone cut off the bunion side and pins/screws put into place. UGH.
What should have been "Easy Bunion Surgery":
Now will have to be something like:
Growing older with arthritis and inherited tendencies is NOT for sissies.