I am a 65 year old very active woman. I have been a runner for over 40 years, and in more recent years have added cycling, hiking, and yoga. I did a 600 mile walk in Europe last summer, and a 500 mile walk in Europe 2 years ago.
I have a bunion on my right foot near my big toe and also have arthritis in the big toe. My bunion has now progressed to pain such that I can't walk more than a mile without a lot of pain. I have come to the realization that it is probably time for surgery.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am not sure how to find a podiatrist for the surgery - one with lots of experience, well regarded, metal vs plastic implant?, etc. I was a Kaiser patient until December when I turned 65 and now have insurance that I can use more universally. Where is the best place to go for a bunion surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area? Can you recommend a skilled bunion podiatrist? Probably sounds funny making such a big deal about a bunion surgery. But I have tried to put it off as long as possible and want to go to the best.
Thank you so much for your help. I would not have been able to run for 40+ years without the skill and care of podiatrists.
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