I am 36 yrs old and I’ve had troubles with the balls of my feel since I was a child. As a child, I remember the chiropractor putting a thick pad under the center ball of my foot for support because they couldn’t do anything else about the pain that my bunions created. Once my feet stopped growing the pain subsided until a few years ago. When I would lie down at night my feet would throb. I already knew that I had bunions, but I had been told that the surgery to repair a bunion was very painful and had a lengthy recovery period – that’s when I decided to call Dr. Heath. Dr. Heath was very thorough when I went to see him; he explained the bunion and the process that he uses to repair them by using both the x-ray and the foot model in the office.
I chose to have the surgery the following week by using the local anesthesia versus going completely under anesthesia since this was an option for me. I was shocked when they told me I could walk away from the surgical table with very little help from them. Since my first bunion-ectomy, I’ve gone back to have the bunion on my other foot repaired as well.
Three years after my second bunion-ectomy, I felt a funny snapping feeling between my big toe and my second toe on my right foot. I wanted to make sure that everything was okay so I went back to Dr. Heath for a third time and discovered that I had a very unique bone spur that was catching a tendon and some nerves at very random increments – thus causing the “snapping” feeling. The surgery wasn’t imperative at the time, but I chose to go ahead and do it to repair the spur.
Each one of my three surgeries started with the initial appointment where Dr. Heath puts his repair plan in order, then the surgery itself and three weekly follow up appointments. You wear a boot for three weeks and although your foot may still be a little swollen, you get to wear shoes home after your third follow up appointment – providing everything went as well as is did for me.
Dr. Heath has performed three surgeries on me under local anesthesia and I completely trust him. I have recommended Dr. Heath to family and friends and I know that he will be the one we trust when my teenage daughter has to have her bunions repaired.