Bunion Questions

I am a 55 year old male that has been very active with backpacking and jogging all of my life. About a year ago while hiking I overextended my back toe and it was bent back while I was climbing a rock with a heavy pack. I felt some minor pain for about 7 months and then I noticed the beginning of a bunion on that foot. Eventually the pain increased and I quit exercising and consulted a podiatrist. After x-rays he found what appeared to be a small crack on one of the small button bones on the bottom of the big toe joint. I was in a cast for 6 weeks and it appears that the crack has moved closer together. The bunion is still obvious and gives me minor discomfort, but I am afraid if I return to my activities that it will be a problem. My doctor said that the surgery should be a last resort due to the possibility of arthritis. Can bunion surgery for a moderate bunion and possible tendon damage return my to something near my formal mobility?
Is arthritis something to consider? Thank you.

Posted By Michael Lawrence on February 19, 2004 at 13:34:51:

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