After bunion surgery

I have been diagnosed with a bunion in the 'severe' range. I am finally considering having surgery (Aiken and McBride.) However, I am a rock climber and climbing (at the level that I do) requires wearing fairly tight shoes. I have read that "you cannot go back to wearing tight shoes after surgery." I will never stop climbing. Thus, should I not have the surgery?

I am fairly sure that climbing shoes did not cause my bunion. (Both of my parents and my siblings have severe bunions. My bunion has been forming since I was quite young. I have not noticed a significant worsening since I started climbing.)

Posted By Scott on February 12, 2004 at 12:40:29:

Lined with soft fabric on both sides, this ~2mm thick SiliposŪ proprietary gel pad is an excellent cushion to help relieve the burning sensation and discomfort of the five metatarsal heads of the foot (the ball-of-foot) by protecting the ball of foot from repeated friction and abrasion with the shoes.

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