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Failed Cheilectomy

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Krista, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Krista

    Krista New Member


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    I had a Cheilectomy of my Right Great toe due to Hallux Rigidus due to OA, 1 year ago. After my 2nd post-op appt (6 weeks) I was still in significant pain and couldn't walk. I was told that the surgery is only 80% successful and I fell into the 20%....so it didn't work. Seems as though the doctor based that solely on the fact that I was still in significant pain.

    I was never told in any way, that I needed to do physio. I found out by searching these forums and looked into it starting at 6 weeks. Went to 3 physiotherapists and non said that they could really help me much.
    I have pain in both joints (MTP & IP) of the great toe. Nothing helps relieve the pain. It doesn't hurt as much in the morning, and the more I walk the more it hurts.
    I had full ROM before the surgery but a lot of pain. Now I have a lot more pain, and almost no ROM in the MTP. ROM in the IP seems good. Pain in both of these 2 joints.
    Post op xray report says OA is acute.

    I'm starting to realize that I should have done more physio, but after being told it didn't work and the post op x-rays showed my MTP joint bones touching (unlike before the surgery) I lost hope in physio helping at all.
    It's now 1 year post op and while it's better than it was, it's remained the same for the last 4-5 months.
    I'm wondering if my toe still hurts because I didn't do any physio, or if it's because the surgery actually failed? Is there's any physio that would help me at this point? Is it too late? Is it possible that ALL the pain is due to not doing physio?

    I haven't been able to find a physiotherapist that has any experience with this type of issue.
    I am looking to have a Cartiva surgery done on the MTP joint, but am now wondering if just physio will be what I need?
    Any help appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Member

    Have you tried rocker sole shoes?
     
  3. Krista

    Krista New Member

    I have tried rockers. They are too painful. Anything that makes my toe flex up at all is very painful.
    Anything that isn't flat and we'll cushioned is all I've been able to wear.
    I know this goes against most others but since my surgery failed, I've been finding my situation unique. Lucky me
    My arthritis is on the top of the joint and now that there is no space at all in the joint since th surgery the bones constantly rub and are therefor constantly painful.
     
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