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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Neglected Valgus of Hindfoot - Now I'm 23 - What to do?

 Dr Haisook - Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:41 am

Hello Dr.,

I was born with a valgus deformity of the left hindfoot. My parents noticed it when I was a kid, but they thought it was nothing abnormal since I had been an active athlete and never had any complaints from it.

Now I'm 23, and I've been suffering from vague foot pain/tingling for 2 years. It's evident when I walk and even when I'm sitting down. I got a custom-made orthoses, good sturdy shoes, but I still feel this pain and tingling when I'm sitting. I've had EMGs and Nerve conduction studies, and they were all normal. The orthopedic doctor who examined me said I had a 'severe' valgus deformity of my hind foot.

So my question is, would surgery be a good choice for me at this age? I'm just starting my career, and this problem is extremely distracting and annoying.

I'd appreciate your help.
Thank you.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:25 pm

User avatar Hello,
It sounds like you have tried all the conservative measures and surgery may be the best option.
The orthopedic surgeon can discuss the procedure with the risks and benefits.

Take care.

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