Posted tagged ‘scoliosis’

My Bunion and Foot Update

October 16, 2010

I need to tell you what has been going on with my foot, the one with the big fat bunion.  All these years, I never put it together.  I thought the right foot was smaller, and I never noticed it before, I attributed it to being the shorter leg from a smaller pelvis secondary to my scoliosis.  Since the last update about my Big Fat Bunion, I was amazed and suprised myself by how great the whole foot felt.  These last 2 weeks has been very busy.  I’ve been on my feet running around.  Every night now for the last 3-4 days, at the end of the day, the whole right foot feels bigger.  I think that the foot size is actually changing.  You skeptics out there may exclaim, “you dingbat. everybody’s feet feel swollen and bigger at the end of the day.”  No, you don’t understand.   It is just the right foot.  The left foot feels relatively fine.   They whole leg and right hip feel different.  This is what happens when an old, old, old strain is removed.  Changes happen in the body and people feel the difference even way later.  My problem seems to be the exact thing going on with Kris…at


Update on Carla of the Valgus Knee and Bunion

October 8, 2010

Wait till you see this.  Even I am amazed. I need to count up all her visits so far.  I need to remind you of how Carla’s first looked.  I am so proud of us for this great work.  I have to admit that part of the reason I am amazed is that she is just super complicated.  I don’t think I would have been able to figure her out 3 yrs ago.


Carla gave me this photo which she took before ever coming to see me.   A lot of people have googled out of curiosity what a foot looks like after bunion surgery.  Notice the left foot on the first picture.  The bunion looks great, huh? nice and straight.  The only problem is that it is stiff and Carla says that there is numbness around the toe.  Believe it or not that stiff L great toe, because of the scarring from the surgery, is 50% responsible for the knee.  Also, look at the inside of her foot.  See how tightly it is curved, that stiffness does not change with walking. 

This is today’s 10-7-10. 

Short Leg and Scoliosis after Fracture

September 6, 2010

See?  I told you guys (all three of you) that this month would be the month of the leg, knee, foot and ankle.  This is Kristine.  Five years ago she broke the tibia, her lower leg bone right around the middle shin.  She was casted.  Six weeks later she went to physical therapy.  Two months later she continued to complain about pain.  We had to do a second referral for physical therapy.  At the time, I thought it was weird and I was skeptical that PT could do anything.  I mentioned something about osteopathic manipulative treatments to the mom at the time but it was a no-go. Thereafter, I heard nothing from the parents.  This month, she returned for a school physical and lo and behold…what did I find?  I found a scoliosis secondary to a short leg.  They reminded me that that was the leg that was fractured.  I recalled my concern that PT would not remove the traumatic strain and I was curious as to how she would later manifest.  Remember, to us traditional DOs, ‘disease’ is the endpoint of a process of strain.  The conventional medical system would watch the scoliosis.  If they agreed that there was a short leg then they would fit her for a shoe lift.  That still would not treat the cause.  I treated Kristine one time.  Pretreatment, I measured the difference to be 3/4 inch, wow, big difference.  For those of you who are curious, I measured from the middle of the knees and down across to the inside ankles.  On measure and remeasure after her first treatment, the difference was 1/8th inch.  In the after photo, the mom and I were really quite skeptical.  It could not have changed that quickly!  You guys be the judge.  But as a second double check, I raised up her shirt and looked at her pelvis.  It was more level!  I have to say, I am still shocked and skeptical.  If this really did improve, then I have a new found respect for the human body that is a dynamic biological system pliable and capable of immediate change. Amazing.  See for yourself.  Note the difference in the angulation of the lower leg.                                                                                                                         

My Big Fat Bunion

August 31, 2010

Ok.  I had such a good treatment week.  Go view the videos on my YouTube channel – DOCTORHOANG; amazing.  Patients who paid me cash up front were so happy with their results, achieved from inspiration by Dr. Miller – a great old time Osteopath, 80 years old and retired.  I have to keep asking why? and what is the cause?  I convinced myself that podiatrists and the profession is it necessary?  In our most natural state, would we survive anyone taking a knife/scalpel to our precious feet?  Probably not.  We would have a gimp foot forever or until a predator caught us and made a meal of us and our gimp foot.

So, I looked to myself.  My feet are not symmetrical.  I had such great results with my patient, Kris and to me it is so hilarious the dilemma he is in.  He just paid for fancy schmancy orthotics which I advised him to throw away.  Then he has his fancy schmancy Nordstrom different-fitted-sized shoes.  Then I advise him not to buy new shoes.  What is the cause of my right foot being smaller?  Is it because the leg is shorter?  Is all of this a consequence of my mild scoliosis?  Why is it that my right foot has a big fat bunion on it?  In my younger days, I had a proclivity for 3 inch clunky heels.  If I was naturally prone to bunions, how come the left foot didn’t get a bunion?  Was it because it was the normal foot?  Normal size?

I thought why does the R foot bother me as a smaller foot?  Why?  If it is the smaller foot, by a half size in a bigger shoe shouldn’t it feel better with all that room?  If it is uncomfortable, isn’t it the pathological one?  I remembered that when I was 7 years old, I was running around in our front yard chasing down a chicken.  I stubbed my great toe on a sprinkler head.  Boy, did that hurt for a while. Could that be the cause?  I did not believe it myself.  So I went to foot and that great big fat toe and treated it for a compression strain.  Well, well, well…what do you know?  Something happened and it felt better. 

The next day I put socks on and shoved them into a snug pair of shoes.  Went to a birthday party.  Afterwards, guess what?  That right foot bunion felt achy.  The next day, I thought it was my imagination but the toe and foot looked straighter, bigger, and felt better.  Rats!  I forgot to take a picuture.  I grabbed the toe again and proceeded to treat it.  This time, I had the weirdest sensation.  I felt and still feel an achiness in my left 4th and 5th finger and little in my left elbow.   Wow.  Sitting here writing this, my foot and the other little piggies are aching.  I think this foot might be getting bigger…I don’t think I’m imagining it…

I’m still going to take a picture.  I’m not sure if it will change in the next month.  Who knows.  It sure does feel better.  I thought since I missed the opportunity to take a picture, I should probably offer free treatment to the next bunion patient in exchange for pictures, and what do you know, I already found that person.  Wait for the pictures.