Dr. Shaeffer had never seen a case of severe valgus like Chris’s: his story on Foot to the Limit is unbelievable.
Chris he is plagued with blisters, calluses and unbearable pain in his feet. He has been working granite for 25 years and the constant traumas while working have led to this situation.
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In describing his right foot, the man does not mince words: he explains that the inside of the foot looks like a ping pong ball, “red and very ugly” and that his toes are horrible, they look ‘mangled’. He says that his wife is more understanding, while his son, on the other hand, when he sees his feet makes a vomit and forces him to always keep his shoes on.
Before Chris was a sportsman, he used to walk, he went fishing after work, but now he can’t do anything anymore because the pain is constant. The big toe and second toe are shifting to the side and deforming.
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Feet on the edge, unexpected in the operating room: what happens to Chris
During the visit, Dr. Brad Shaeffer encounters a very serious valgus at Chris’s foot. The big toe is practically crossed on the second toe which, when walking, is practically crushed. Valgus is often inherited and occurs when a bone slips outward creating a bump. In Chris’s case the bone pushes so far outward that thebig toe overlapped the second toe triggering unbearable pain.
Shaeffer explains to Chris how the surgery will take place: in practice he will have to resect the bone, extract the joint, perform a wedge osteotomy, align the big toe with the other toes and fix it with a plate. It will also be appropriate to intervene on the second finger to straighten it by inserting a pin for two weeks.
During the surgery, while everything seems to be going smoothly, Chris wakes up from anesthesia. A critical moment for surgeons to manage because if the patient moves his foot while operating it, it could throw everything away. Fortunately, the anesthetist manages to sedate him. The Kirshner wire is inserted into the second finger to keep it straight.
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Eleven weeks after the operation, Chris goes to the checkup: his recovery has now taken place and he can finally start enjoying life again.