4 Steps to Convince Someone to Get Bunion Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

bunion surgery coupleYou’re sitting on the couch next to your husband, feet up on the ottoman. Every now and then you look up from checking your phone to catch what’s happening on the latest episode of whatever reality TV show he’s watching. You glance up and his feet are right in your line of sight. That’s when you notice his toes. You’ve noticed how long his toes are before, but something looks different on the big toe of his right foot. You ask him what it is. He nonchalantly tells you it’s just a bunion. That sparks the memory of his mother getting bunion surgery not too long ago. You ask if his bunion is bothering him, in which he replies that yeah it hurts, but it is what it is.

Okay, after 15 years of marriage you’re smart enough to know to just let this one be. But, you will find a way to convince him to consider bunion surgery. He shouldn’t have to live with the pain and be content with the fact it’s just the way it is. Like the bunion chose him or something and he just has to deal with it. Plus, you’ve heard his mother complain about her bunion enough, you’d rather not relive anything like that.

So, how do you convince someone to get bunion surgery?

Step 1:  Do your research

You want to make sure you’re prepared to make your case about bunion surgery. If you don’t know much about, do your research and educate yourself so you have basic answers to any questions you’re asked. Here are a couple of blogs to get you started:

What is a Bunion and What Are My Bunion Treatment Options?

Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Recovery After Bunion Surgery

Step 2: Bring up the topic in casual conversation

Timing is everything. It’s probably not the best idea to bring it up after your husband’s favorite sports team lost or after a frustrating day at work. Look for the happy-go-lucky moments. After a team win, an encouraging day at work, or a lazy, relaxing day off. When you do decide to bring it up, try to make it natural. For example, find an article about Victoria Beckham and causally say something like “Wow, I can’t believe Victoria Beckham used to be a Spice Girl! I bet she got her bunions from all those high heels she had to wear. I wonder what treatment she’s getting? How do you think you got your bunion? (Side note – probably best not to mention bunions are hereditary, and since you know his mom had bunion surgery, that’s probably where he got them from).

Step 3: Emphasize it’s not going away

If the door seems open, start to underscore the fact that bunions don’t just go away on their own and will only get worse without treatment. You can use the scare factor or the guilt factor! For example:

Scare factor: “Honey, I know how much you enjoy playing baseball, but if your bunion continues to get worse and cause you foot pain, you just might not be able to play anymore.”

Guilt factor: “Please consider getting treatment for your bunion. If you won’t do it for you, do it for me! The kids want to be able to run and play with their daddy!”

This is a good time to ask if the person will at least consider bunion surgery. If they are getting irritated, just let it be and try again some other time. But if they seem curious, download the ebook below for them to read:

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Step 4: Schedule a consultation

Once you’ve done your research, picked the right time to bring up getting treatment, and provided them with information to learn more, it’s time to schedule a consultation with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. Emphasize that they aren’t committing to anything, just getting evaluated to see what their treatment options are, because if they don’t, the bunion will only get worse and need more extreme measures later.

At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. Schedule a free consultation today!

Topics: Bunion, Bunion Surgery