Back on Her Feet
“After surgery, I don’t have to think twice about what shoes I can wear. My quality of life is better than before I ever had a bunion because at the end of the day, my feet are not hurting.”
Beginning at age 16, Alyssa Zimmerman began experiencing pain in her feet
caused by bunions.
“From age 16 to 19 I was playing soccer and my feet began hurting
from bunions, then it just reached the point where it was really affecting
my quality of life,” Zimmerman explained.
When she began a hostess job at age 23 wearing heels all day, she began
experiencing excruciating foot pain, to the point she felt she might need surgery.
“My mom just had foot surgery a few months prior so I consulted with
her about who I should see and she recommended
Dr. Jonathan Kaplan with Hoag Orthopedic Institute,” Zimmerman said.
After a thorough exam with Dr. Kaplan, Zimmerman said that he gave her
some good news, that she was a candidate for minimally invasive bunion
surgery. Dr. Kaplan is the one of only a handful of surgeons trained in
the United States to use this FDA-approved, groundbreaking technology
for minimally invasive bunion surgery. He also serves as an instructor
across the country teaching this innovative technique to his professional
“Dr. Kaplan explained that it was worth trying
minimally invasive bunion surgery where I’d be back on my feet at four to six weeks post surgery with
just four to five tiny incisions instead of the big scar,” she added.
“I agreed and couldn’t believe that I was up and walking [in
a surgical shoe] right away and by eight weeks, I was wearing comfortable
shoes with less pain than before I had bunions.”
Just a few short months after her minimally invasive bunion surgery, Zimmerman
shared gleefully that her recovery has been even better than she expected.
“I don’t have to think twice about what shoes I can wear,”
Zimmerman shared. “My quality of life is better than before I ever
had a bunion because at the end of the day, my feet are not hurting.”
Zimmerman is grateful to Dr. Kaplan for his care and the surgical outcome.
“Dr. Kaplan is a personable doctor who understands his patients
and was able to communicate what would happen in easy-to-understand terms,
which was great,” she added. “He explained everything he was
doing so I was able to feel comfortable and confident in what he was doing.”
She added, “There’s a misconception that you need to be older
to have bunion surgery but it was worth it for me, to have minimally invasive
surgery at 24 because I couldn’t wear half the shoes in my closet,”
she added. “I had to really think about what I would be doing that
day and shoes would hurt going on my foot. Now I have a better quality
of life and don’t have to worry about my feet hurting.”