Re: hallux rigidus surgery
Are you taking any anti-inflammatories live Aleve, meloxicam, etc? They really can help. Not as good as Vioxx was but that's not an option since it's off the market.
Also, I too have the foot cramps. Mine is mostly due to having worn heels for so long and now wearing flats more. I've had a couple of foot massages by a professional and it really helps. Also, roll a frozen water bottle or golf balls with your foot. That will help - and calf raises. You need to keep the fascia stretched out.