Woman sues over botched bunion surgery

Lawsuit highlights risks of bunionectomies. 

Woman sues over botched bunion surgery A woman in Galveston, Texas is suing a podiatrist for negligence after three botched bunion and hammer toe surgeries resulted in a toe amputation. 

In February 2009, the plaintiff went to a podiatrist for treatment on her bunions and other toe deformities. The doctor reportedly recommended a "distal metaphyseal osteotomy of the first metatarsal head with screw fixation along with a tailors bunionectomy, second metatarsal osteotomy and anthroplasty of the second toe proximal interphalangeal joint" on her left foot, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Following the first operation, the plaintiff said that her second toe began sticking straight up into the air, she needed two subsequent corrective surgeries. When those failed, she developed osteomyelitis and had to have the toe amputated.

The National Institutes of Health reports that osteomyelitis is a bacterial or fungal bone infection that has a tendency to spread. The condition is brought on by trauma, as well as diabetes, injection drug use and poor blood supply.

This story underscores the importance of trying non-invasive methods of bunion correction, such as bunion splints or orthotics, before going under the knife.

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