Re: hallux rigidus surgery
I'm not sure 100% agree with that. I think sometimes it better to get in there and fix things early rather than wait it out and maybe have the risk for more work but that's up to the doctor and you. My first surgery happened because it was getting very diffcult to stand at work and I was a hostess at the time. I could still do it, its just the pain was always there.
I don't know much about the surgery you are thinking about having. I would read around these boards, maybe google a few things. Plus look for that OS as they might have a better understanding of what needs to happen and if its a good idea to have surgery or to put it off.
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