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Fusion of main big toe joint

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Robster, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Robster

    Robster New Member

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    Hi all,

    I have injury related arthritis of my left big toe, currently causing reduced movement and some pain. I’ve been told by 2 surgeons that I need to have the joint fused. I am 42, very fit and active, enjoy running, hiking and have a young family that I want to remain active for... reading forums and general online research is leaving me very concerned with the possible outcomes of the fusion surgery.

    For people that have had this procedure done, after the recovery period (which I know is a long time), what’s your experience post op? I imagine walking must be quite awkward if you can’t bend your toe (as it’s naturally designed to do to enable walking) - as it is, with the reduced movement in my toe I already walk on the outside of my foot with a slightly awkward gait. I know stiff soled shoes help with this a lot, but can you walk relatively normally in soft shoes/bare feet? Can you run? Do other sport?

    I’d be grateful for your experiences as I don’t know whether to put off this surgery until the pain is unbearable, or to take the surgeons’ advice and look forward to going back to being active and without discomfort again.

  2. Julie

    Julie Guest

    hi Rob

    I too am contemplating toe fusion. A steroid injection gave very little relief but I’m so scared about recovery and pain being transferred to somewhere else. I have very little bend already but bend it I can despite the pain. I’ve read mainly horror stories. I’ve had several ops over the years for bunions so I know the score but this is permanent - no turning back?
  3. Robster

    Robster New Member

    Hi Julie,

    I think the point is it’s very easy to find horror stories, hence reaching out on here to try to find some helpful information.

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