Daily Pain of a Bunionette

Thursday 11 June 2020

For most of his adult life, Alan had lived with the daily pain of a Bunionette. A tailor's bunion, also called a bunionette, is a bony lump that forms along the side of the little toe. It happens when the fifth metatarsal bone enlarges or shifts outward. The fifth metatarsal is the very bottom bone on the little toe. A bunion can be painful, especially if it rubs against your shoe.

“Walking was so painful, especially on hard surfaces. A few years ago, when the pain was unbearable, I visited a local podiatrist who suggested an appointment with Mr Kumar Kunasingam, Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon at North Downs Hospital. Mr Kunasingam explained that he would like to use Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) to remove my Bunionette. This is a  surgical procedure that can help you to get back on your feet faster, with less pain. MIS surgery is performed with small 3-5mm incisions, compared to 3-5 inch incisions used in traditional bunion surgery, and could help an earlier return to function compared to an open procedure. I didn’t believe it would be was possible, but it was possible and actually the best thing that I ever did. After the operation, I saw Mr Kunasingam fortnightly for a couple of months, he took x- rays and explained each stage of my recovery in great detail. He suggested physio and massaging which helped greatly. After a period of recovery I was back to playing squash. Mr Kunasingam took the time to explain everything clearly, he speaks at your level so it’s easy to understand everything he is saying. His skills and knowledge are second to none and he is a very likeable person."

Mr Kunasingam has a regular clinic at North Downs Hospital, Caterham.

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