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LadyR

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I don’t know if I can explain this accurately but I’m going to try and hope I make sense. My 10.5 year old dd has an enlarged bone on her left foot. If you can picture where a bunion would be, then go up to the top of that, right on top of that same joint. Actually the whole joint looks large and somewhat bulbous, but more specifically on top, and not where a normal bunion would be. She does not have this on her right foot. Her ballet teacher has never seen this before and would like me to have a doctor take a look at it. Has anyone seen this? Also, should I take her to an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist?

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I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about but I would definitely take her to a dr. to find out if it will impact her dance (or sports for that matter).

 

I used to work for podiatrists and prefer myself to see them rather than any other dr. for foot problems but not everyone feels that way. If you choose an orthopedist, absolutely make sure it's one who has a specialty in feet.

 

Does that joint ever hurt her?

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After looking at it this morning, now it does look like a bunion is forming. But the top of the joint is still looks enlarged compared to her other foot. She does not have pain in the bunion area, but feels slight pain on that top area when rising on half toe. I will take your suggestions and look for a podiatrist or an orthopedist with a specialty in feet. Thank you for your comments.

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LadyR, I'm glad you're taking her to a specialist. I hope the teacher is having her modify her training until you can get her to see one so that the condition doesn't get worse.

 

Here's a website that addresses some of the more common problems seen in the big toe of dancers and athletes.

 

Go here

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