I've been asked this question countless times: Bunion-Ella, why not just get a bunion surgery? Why sit in pain when you there is a way to surgically remove these painful, bony bumps? What my gal pals don't seem to understand is that going under the knife on your foot is just as painful – and expensive – as it sounds.
Let me walk you through this involved process just so you understand, ladies. What happens during a bunion surgery is pretty gruesome. First of all, you are put under. Now, normally I rely on cocktails to get myself in such a state, but this procedure isn't nearly as fun. Secondly, they cut your foot open and "shave" down your bunion. Ouch! Sounds like fun, right?
Think about how much time you spend on your feet, girls. Chasing kids, going shopping, driving to brunch with your girlfriends … all of that is hampered after a surgery since you will be required to wear a surgical shoe for up to 2 months. I don't know about you, but I know that the last thing I want to do as an independent woman is to have someone else taking care of me and my feet for that long. I'm a busy woman, and I know a lot of you are, too, and fabulous people like us just shouldn't be pent up for that long.
Beyond the time constraints, the amount of green needed for this procedure stands at about $4,000 for a bunionectomy, even after insurance. I don't know about you, but I would rather spend that money on a cruise, some sexy new shoes, pedicures … pretty much anything but a painful and intrusive bunion surgery. The icing on the cake? Post-op can keep you out of work for weeks, even months. Unless you have the greatest boss on earth, chances are you aren't going to get paid for sitting at home nursing a scarred foot.
Another common problem with a bunion surgery? They can come back! Like a clingy ex-boyfriend, these bony bumps can painfully return to your life even after going under the knife. I know that if I am going to invest my precious time and money to get my foot cut open, these annoying bunions better not come back.
So that settles it – the reasons for getting a surgery on your feet can be handled simply with the use of an orthotic. It may not be the sexiest choice, but at least you won't have the scars to show for it.