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Big Toe Pain and Tom’s Story

Big Toe Pain and Tom’s Story

This is Tom’s story and his ongoing stiff toe joint painWhen things don’t go to plan what do you need to know? Throughout, clinician comment will elaborate on the story line. Please read the other cases on ConsultingFootPain as these paint a different picture starting with the Introductory article.

I joined Tom two months after surgery in a UK National Health Service Hospital. Tom was 70 at the time of surgery.

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Getting big toe surgery right

Getting big toe surgery right

It might sound all very obvious, do we get big toe surgery right first time. Indeed yes this does happen.This series covers different patient stories taken from their own words. All had stiff big toe joint pain. Some have worked, others less so. This is Leah’s story.

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What you really need to know after bunion surgery?

What you really need to know after bunion surgery?

When a colleague (HFP) sought this question, she was generous and mentioned her surgeon was busy and thought it an oversight. I am both an ex-patient and a foot surgeon, and I’m afraid I have to disagree. We often confuse nice with good, and all clinicians have a blip – but then don’t we all? So we have a patient leaving the hospital after bunion surgery. No post-operative information is apparent, so what does she do? Call a friend! This, in fact, is Facebook and jolly good it is as there is a heap of friendly advice.

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How does surgery impact our lives?

How does surgery impact our lives?

It may seem simple to accept a risk from surgery is low in percentage terms but in this article I explore a new phenomena to may patients and that is actual impact should a perceived low risk actually arise. A number of different complications and problems are discussed and the impact this has should it arise is highlighted with examples and supplementary papers.

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Caught Out with Cancer

Caught Out with Cancer

Cancer is something which affects any part of the body but being caught out may not always be the doctor’s fault. In this article I am using the abbreviation ‘S.M.ART’ which will be explained at the end. But how could we call be fooled by the story of my father’s sudden death from bowel cancer. Who was to blame?

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