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Big toe joint fusion

This is one of the treatment options for arthritis of

the big toe joint. (Hallux rigidus)

The other treatment options are:

For early stages of arthritis

  1. Pain killers
  2. Steroid injections
  3. Removal of bone spurs from the joint

(Dorsal cheilectomy)

  1. Joint replacement

How do you fuse the joint?

The damaged joint surfaces are removed and the

prepared joint is held either with a couple of

staples or a plate.

When will start to walk again?

You will start heel walking either on the same or next

day of operation.

How long does it take for the joint to fuse?

6 to 12 weeks.

What are the complications of operation?

  1. Infection
  2. Nerve damage
  3. Non union
  4. Pain in the ball of the foot (transfer metatarsalgia)

How will you reduce the risk of infection?

You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.