I had a procedure in 1/03 where a section of bone was removed from my big toe for arthritis, it was the same type of surgery they use for some bunions: a Keller bunionectomy. I was 43. It didn't go well. It was really short and despite attempting to bend it repeatedly after surgery I developed hallux rigidus aka. it was stuck up and painful
. Then a pod put in an implant called the metal hemi-toe which might have been ok except it was "not seated properly" aka. crooked. In the process of figuring all this out I saw a few podiatrists and an orthopaedic surgeon - one of whom invented the hemi - toe. They all said they would never have done the first procedure on someone so young and that I should've had a silastic implant or the hemi toe in the first procedure. So in 7/05 I had a bone graft from my hip and a fusion. Now, in two weeks I'll be getting the plate and 5 screws from that surgery removed. I'm in pain almost every day in my toe and now in my hip too. The original problem wasn't going to get any better but I wish I had received more opinions before the first surgery. Many people have had worse and better than I, and I didn't know about this board then either. It has been a Godsend. I certainly hope you end up in the better category
. Keep us posted.