Hallux Rigidus Surgery - 2 Months Post Decompression Osteotomy - Still Pain / Swelling

Feb 11, 2015

On Dec 3 I had a decompression osteotomy on my right toe for hallux rigidus. My doctor told me I would be running at 2 months and completely back to normal at 3. It is over 2 months and I still have a lot of pain and swelling. Running is out of the question and I am still limping.

I am interested in others' experiences with this surgery. I am supposed to have it done on the other foot as well, but I am simply worried that my right foot may end up worse off than when I started.

View 3 Replies


Hallux Rigidus - Osteotomy Or Fusion For ?

I had a fusion of my big toe on October 28, 2009. As I approach my first anniversary, I am happy with the results. My joint was severely damaged. The surgeon said I had two choices, cheilectomy and fusion. He did not think the cheilectomy would work for me and if it did, it would only likely last a year. I did some research and realized that I was headed for a fusion. I decided on that and I am glad I did.

My recovery has been good. I did have a couple of scares when the radiologist suggested there might be a bone infection. Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case. I suspect he was confusing healing with signs of infection. At any rate, now that it is a year later, I have pretty much no pain. I am walking every day, usually at least a mile or two each morning. Sometimes I walk up to five or seven miles in one walk. My foot is up for the task. I have started curling for the season now, and my foot is great. The last time I curled, my foot was very sore (pre-surgery). It was so nice to curl without pain! Also, with all my walking, I am in better shape than before, so I curled amazingly well. Scary.

There is some misinformation about fusions I'd like to address: Your gait will be altered with a fusion - my gait was altered by the sore foot and limited range of motion from the arthritis. Now my gait is normal, I toe off the big toe again. That means that now my hip feels better. You won't be able to run or be active - fusion is actually recommended for people who wish to remain active. At least if the foot is damaged beyond a certain point. I am more able to run now than I was pre-surgery because I have a stable foot that does not hurt. Surgery is painful - yes, I had about four days of pain that required medication. After that, as long as I had my foot elevated, I was fine. I think bunion surgery is much more painful

Fusion is certainly a drastic procedure that probably should not be considered lightly. At the same time, if it is the right procedure it is fabulous.

View 4 Replies

Hallux Rigidus- Osteotomy Made It Worse

I am a 40year old woman. I have suffered from hallux rigidus for the last 6 years because of trauma.

Before surgery (which happened in april 013) I had tried all sorts of medications, injections, magneto therapy, you name it I have done it.

In April 2013 I had an osteotomy (NO cheilectomy) to correct it. After 10 months I can finally say the pain has gotten so much worse.

I can't do many things, my foot hurts even if it is not bearing my weight (not walking). Being so young I don't know what do do.
It is ruining my life, personal life (I can't go anywhere cause whenever I walk I am in so much pain) and professional life.

The doctor that operated suggested to do a cheilectomy or a fusion, but considering the result of this operation I am really scared any new intervention will make things worse.

Can anyone suggest a real expert in Europe? Or any other suggestion, I am really desperate.

Many thanks to all of you for reading my post, and thanks to anyone who would be so nice as to try and suggest someone or something.

View 1 Replies

Hallux Rigidus Surgery - Implant Placed - Still Having Pain

I had surgery 5 days ago. An implant was placed in the big toe. Still having pain. Saw dr. yesterday (changed dressing) & removing stitches next week. Went to a podiatrist. Does anybody know how long pain will last? I think he said when I return next week, I can drive (it's right foot) wearing a slipper, not the surgical boot. Won't it hurt to drive at this point?

View 14 Replies

Hallux Rigidus Surgery (6 Weeks) - Pain - Stress Fracture?

I had surgery 6 weeks ago with an implant for hallux rigidus. Had to call the doctor today (POD) because I'm having pains on the outside of my toe. He said it should have been feeling better & better each day, which it has not done. When I walk for awhile (say at the grocery store) it hurts on the side of that toe and on the bottom part of my foot. He wants me to come in for an x-ray & said I could have a stress fracture. Has anyone taken this long to heal? Comments anyone?

View 5 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - What To Expect From Surgery?

I went to the doctor yesterday and was informed that I have a severe case of Hallux Rigidus in my right foot and a weaker case in my left. I was left with no other option than to have surgery. Not what I wanted to hear!! Both of my feet ache constantly and I have sharp pain when I put weight on my big toes.

Has anyone had this surgery? What can I expect?

I regret looking online because I saw a bunch of stomach turning pictures. I know I can't continue to have this pain but wasn't expecting this diagnosis. Any help, advice, story sharing or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

View 1 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - Exercises Or Surgery?

I am told surgery is only option but being alone in ....

View 2 Replies

Hallux Rigidus :: Considering Surgery For Both Feet At Same Time

I'm wondering if anyone has had the surgery on both feet at the same time.

View 14 Replies

Hallux Rigidus Surgery Revision - Cheilectomy And Debridement

I had surgery the middle of last year for suspected HR. Decompression osteotomy with Cheilectomy had a few problems with the recovery and had to have revision surgery which included further cheilectomy and debridement.

11 weeks post 2nd surgery and still getting swelling and some joint pain which is different than the before the initial surgery.

I have read that swelling can last anywhere up to a year. My worry is the joint ache and pain. I'm not sure if this is post op healing raw bone etc. Or is it something else.

Does anyone here have similar experience of HR surgery and did they eventually get rid of the pain?

View 14 Replies

Hallux Rigidus Surgery - Hemicap (implant) Resurfacing Procedure?

Has anyone ever had toe surgery for hallux rigidus using a Hemicap resurfacing procedure? I've been online researching & it seems that this is an implant, but recovery is much faster with this type & from what I can gather, it's an improvement over other methods. Patient testimonials show really fast recoveries, people walking the day after surgery without a surgical shoe & return to work much faster. On my previous post, I noted that I had surgery last week with an implant. The podiatrist said it was a Hemi implant, but I don't think it's the same as this Hemicap. I'm interested in the Hemicap resurfacing because I'm developing pain in the toe on the other foot & plan to get more than one opinion this time.

View 1 Replies

TKR :: 4 Months Post Op - Pain In Heel And Swelling In Thigh

My friend is into his 4th month of having his tkr. It's like everyday there's something new. He had noticed an indentation on the outside of his knee. He is experiencing pain in his heel, swelling in his thigh, and pain in his back. He had to stop his PT because of the pain. He goes to his Surgeon but he just says it's going to take time. Has anyone else experienced this or similar to this?

View 11 Replies

Hallux Valgus (Bunions) And Hallux Rigidus (fusion) - What To Expect?

I am due to have a bunion removed next month but because of arthritis in my big toe I am also having a 'fusion'.

I would love to hear from anyone who has had this operation to know their experiences.

Was it very painful - how long off work . what (if any) height heels can be worn after. I have been told maximum of 1 inch - is this correct?

Although my toe/bunion is painful, it is so difficult to know what to do especially as I can find no-one who has had this op?

View 12 Replies

Hallux Rigidus :: Hip / Back Pain After The Custom Orthotics (balance Shoes)

I have severe hallux rigidus in the right foot and moderate in the left foot. I have custom orthotics and wear New Balance shoes. The HR has alleviated a bit in the severe foot, however, now I have knee, hip and back pain after the custom orthotics?

View 3 Replies

Foot / Ankle :: Heel Pain 7 Months Post PTTD Surgery

Okay, here again, asking if anyone who has had heel pain after pttd surgery has had any solutions to heel pain problems. Prior to surgery and the osteotomy, I never had the least issue with my feel. Now it feels like there is a rock under my heel in the middle, and I walk on the outside edge of my foot, with my toes scrunched tightly to the ground. Very unnatural. And the surgeon who did my procedure can't think of any reason why I am having this issue, and recommended that I go for a second opinion with someone else. Sooo...... For those of you who might have had this issue, any solutions? Did it go away by itself in time?

View 14 Replies

Hallux Valgus (Bunions) :: Ice Your Foot To Reduce Swelling After Bunion And Hammertoe Surgery?

It is just over 3 weeks since I had bunion and hammertoe surgery. In the mornings the swelling is reduced a lot but after being out and about in the walker boot the bunion area (big toe and surrounds) and two hammer toes are quite swollen. I do keep my foot elevated for as much of the time as possible but have not tried ice yet. Does this have any permanent benefit and how does one do it without leaking water everywhere? Can I just buy bags of ice from supermarket and apply to ankles or is there a more effective technique? Also how long did most people use the walker boot for. My surgeon said about four weeks after the op to come out of it and move into trainers but opinions seem to differ and I don't see him for a few more weeks? Sorry to keep asking for advice but I live alone and don't get to see many people at moment.; I tend to worry a lot about all this as I hear horror stories on internet about things going wrong and swelling not going down?

View 8 Replies

Hallux Valgus (Bunions) :: No Shoe Fits - 6 Weeks Post Surgery

I am six weeks post surgery,  the specialist visit and the X Ray is scheduled on Wednesday and I expect to be out of the boot and allowed to weight bear on the whole foot which is all great news.  But there is a little problem, at present no shoes of mine would fit on my still slightly swallen and pretty tender around my big toe foot. I went through few shoe shops today and absolutely nothing was suitable (even tried men thongs/flip flops but they also hurt me too much) so now I am considering buying a flat post-op shoe (with flat bottom) as they are adjustable and padded so comfortable for me at the moment  but I am wondering if anyone else had better idea as the post op shoes have quite thick soles and for that reason would not be the best for my spine as I would have uneven leg length.  My Ugg boots would be probably ok but it is Summer here so hot weather and warm shoes would most likely increase the swelling.

I expect swelling to go on for a while (in my experience 6-8 weeks) but I don't want it to stop me from exercising and being able to drive.  I am also about to start a new art course and no way I would give that up.

View 9 Replies

Cast? Chevron Osteotomy Hallux With Distal Soft Tissue Realignment

I had Chevron osteotomy hallux with distal soft tissue realignment and pip joint fusion on my second toe yesterday. I have padding and bandages and an orthopedic boot. I go back on Thursday to the dressing clinic for a Mitchels bootie. I have been told that this is a plaster of paris cast. Has anyone on here had one and if so how long did you wear it for? Also I have a pin sticking out from my 2nd toe, when is this likely to be removed? Apart from the dressing clinic appointment this Thursday my next appointment is to be in 6 weeks to see my surgeon. Surely the pin should be removed before this?

View 3 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - Double Cheilectomy? On Both Feet

After a 4 year wait, I finally had a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. He said I was a good candidate for cheilectomy. But after reading all the horror stories on these boards, I wonder if I should even have this surgery!

Most days, my pain is tolerable. I walk quite a bit, try to run at least twice a week and cycle every day. The running part is the worst : the most I can do now is 15 minutes. But I love running! Even had the fantasy of running a marathon before I turn 50. That's why I am considering surgery. I hope to regain a little range of motion and lower pain.

Has anyone had good results? Is it possible to run after a cheilectomy? How long does it take to be able to run again after surgery? Does the bone spurs grow back? How is the long term prognosis?

I'm 48 years old and can't keep up with my mom who is 74 ... I have to do something! Can anyone help me decide if cheilectomy is right for me?

View 2 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - Fusing Or Cheilectomy - Treatment Options?

My body has been working on this big toe issue for years. I finally decided to see what it was and what I could do about it.

I have two choices: fusing or a lesser procedure called cheilectomy.

I am looking for feedback from anyone who has had either of these procedures done.

View 2 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - Bone Spurs Removal - Recovery Time?

Hallux Rigidus on both big toes . Surgery is to consist of bone spurs removed and then the existing flap of cartilage will be placed in the space left from deteriorating joints ... My question is this: the doctor and nurses said 4 weeks recovery . I am an independent home assistant which means along with vacuuming, dusting, beds, bathrooms I rearrange furniture and hang pictures, organizing etc... Being self employed and this being my only source of income I very concerned on the REALISTIC HEALING TIME

View 1 Replies

Hallux Rigidus - Minimally Invasive Cheilectomy (keyhole Method) Pros And Cons?

I have moderate hallux rigidus and am interested in investigating having cheilectomy surgery done by the minimally invasive, keyhole method. I don't normally have pain whilst walking but the lump rubs up against shoes, aches and limits the sort of footgear I can wear.  I should love to be able to wear heels again but do not want to end up in a worse situation post op.

2 questions:

Does anyone have experience they can share of the pros and cons of this newish method of operating  ?

Are there centres in Somerset / South West who offer this treatment?

View 2 Replies

Copyrights 2005-15 www.bigresource.org, All rights reserved