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cryosurgery for hallux limitus

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by chaseman, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. chaseman

    chaseman New Member

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    I have been diagnosed with hallux limitus. I tried orthotics....no help with pain. I am in severe pain. My podiatrist has suggested cryosurgury in the joint to rid me of the pain. She says it is the least invasive way to take care of the burning. I have read of cryosurgery and have been researching it......my only problem is, I can't find information on it on hallux rigidus or limitus specifically. Anyone have input????
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    I have no idea as to how cryosurgery would be effectively utilized in a case such as you describe. Do you have any details from the doctor as to what specifically is the rationale?
  3. chaseman

    chaseman New Member

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
    My podiatrist says that she can use ultrasound to find the nerve and freeze it. She says this would stop the pain in the joint. From what I understand, this won't remedy the joint problem, but would eliminate the pain.

    Her protocol is that I would then continue with the orthotics and rocker toed shoes to protect the joint. She said that, since this is arthritic, cleaning out the joint could just be a lot of invasive and painful treatment for something that is highly likely to concur.

    I can see her point. I guess Im just concerned that I'm not able to find anything in my research (via the internet, of course:D) that connects my condition with cryosurgery. I've seen other foot related cryosurgeries, just not anything for hallux limitus or hallux rigidus.

    I guess I don't want to be used as a guinea pig.
  4. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    In my view, that's as ridiculous a rationale for nerve destruction as I'll ever want to hear. I have never heard of anyone suggesting such a procedure for hallux limitus or any form of osteoarthitis pain. Before you consider this, I would think you would want to seek another opinion.

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