Juvenile hallux valgus (AKA juvenile bunions)

I have a juvenile bunion on my right foot big toe. I am 16 years old. I had surgery on it when I was 13 after being told my foot was done growing. The last 3 years have been okay but I had surgery twice in 2 years on the other ankle for a different unrelated problem. I had no bunion pain those years. Now this year of 2017 the pain has come back with a vengeance. I went back to the doctor and all she can think to do is start cutting tendons and more excess bone removal. Unfortunately I don’t have the x-rays to share. It has become pretty severe pain. I wear orthotics in my shoes, I wear sensible shoes, and I wear a toe separator. So the question is should I have the surgery hoping it will work or continue to live in pain. My doctor suggests surgery but my mom (NOT a medical professional) disagrees and says I should stick it out. What should we do? The pain is pretty severe and never goes away even when I am relaxing and not on my feet.

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  1. Foot.com

    Hello and thank you for your question. I’d really need to see your Xrays to accurately answer this question. Have you tried any steroid injections to the great toe joint? Have you been using orthotics as well? Any time a patient has juvenile bunions it is related to a hypermobile foot (arch). There is a procedure called a Lapidus which is the procedure you want to have done. If the Podiatrist is talking about procedures not related to a Lapidus then I’d get a second opinion. If the appropriate joint isn’t address then juvenile bunions will always come back. This may be your case. I hope this helps!