Set Phasers To Stun...Sulu's Got a Bunion!

George Takei on the Howard Stern ShowThis week, George Takei has been joining the team on the Howard Stern Show as their announcer.  The unlikely pairing started periodically when the show moved to Sirius Satellite Radio, which is where it is heard in Houston and around the country.  Of course, Takei is best known for playing Sulu on the original star Treck series and subsequent films.  Bunions need orthotics after surgery

On the show on Wednesday, December 8, George Takei had taken off his shoe to reveal a great big bunion, known as hallux valgus.  He previously had surgery on the condition, but the bunion had returned with a vengeance.  He is contemplating another surgery to correct the bunion again, but doesn't want to have to deal with the downtime.  But why did George's bunion return in the first place?  Did the initial surgery fail?

A bunion deformity is the result of faulty biomechanics that causes the first metatarsal bone to rotate and form a bump on the side of the foot.  Bunion surgery corrects the result of the faulty mechanics, the painful bump on the side of the foot, but not the mechanics itself.  The only way to prevent a bunion deformity from returning is to use a custom orthotic after the surgery.  A custom orthotic is a custom insole that balances the foot, ankle, and lower extremity to restore stability and efficiency.

In my Houston, TX podiatry practice, I make sure my patients understand the need for a custom orthotic to prevent the need for surgery again.  Trust me, bunion surgery is nota a walk in the one wants to go through that again.  Hopefully, if George Takei decides to have the bunion corrected again, his foot surgeon will suggest a custom orthotic.  Or better yet, George, come to Houston.  This fan will take great care of you!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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