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Old 03-03-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Bone Spurs

I am hoping for some opinions for my circumstances...
I am 27 years old, in June 2008 I was diagnosed with Hallux Rigidus in my left big toe and underwent a chelictomy through my private health insurance. This was to clear infection and also remove 2-3 bone spurs

Today I had to go to the hospital an accident I had last night and tore my ligaments, after having an xray it was discovered that I have 2 bone spurs on my ankles on the lip of the fibula and the talar dome, this is restricting my ankle movement

This is total unrelated to the ankle injury today, but at just 27 is it normal to have this many bone spurs and suffering early stages of osteoarthritus?

I am trying to press my doctor to refer me for my Hallux Rigidus to have a toe joint replacement which he has finally refered me for last week, however with this news is there any other options I have?

It is all very depressing for me as I was heavily involved in football only a few years back

Any views or experiences?

 
Old 03-03-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: Bone Spurs

Sorry for these issues. Did your cheilectomy not work? Joint replacements are not as advanced for toes as other joints. From what I've read, that would not be what I owuld want to do at this point. Fusion would be the better option, it would seem. FYI, Shaquille O'Neal had a cheilectomy several years back when he was with the Lakers and it seems to have worked well for him.

Seeing as you evidently played a lot of football, that could be the cause of the hallux rigidus. I assume you know the common name for it is "turf toe" so any injuries you had along those lines would be added damage to the joint.

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Old 03-03-2010, 11:04 AM   #3
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Re: Bone Spurs

Hiya and thanks for your reply

I would considr the operation as unsucessful as I have limited movement in my toe and spurs have reapperared on the toe joint

I spoke to my NHS doctor and he thinks that the private hospital gave the wrong advice to try and make money, which I can see the point there

I still try to play as much football as possible now and I feel with a fusion this will limit my mobility completely with physical activities

I guess its my bodies way of telling me that Im getting older, but at a rapid rate and too early!

 
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Re: Bone Spurs

Check out some of the posts on here about fusions. There is no reason it should limit anything but the height of the heels you can wear - which I assume is not a concern of yours! They fuse the toe at an angle so that you can still roll up on it to walk, hike and jog. You can also have a rocker bar put on your shoes to make it roll up even more, if need be. Ballet might be a problem also but you don't mention doing that either!

Seriously, it appears from this board and what I have heard elsewhere that the joint replacement is not the best option.

Sorry the cheilectomy didn't work out for you. Mine was wonderful and I hope to get many more years out of it. Am about 7 years out now and wear heels, dance, jog with no problem other than taking an anti-inflammatory every morning. Chips and spurs will reform if the cartilege does not regrow to cushion things or there isn't enough left in the first place.

 
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Re: Bone Spurs

I had my big toe fused in Oct and it is still healing. My surgeon said I would be able to jog after, so I am sure you would be able to play football. I have seen some of the information on toe joint replacements and they seem to be recommended only for sedentary people. There are some really gross stories about them.

I have a plate and screws system for my foot. Now I can say I have a steel (titamium) reinforced toe for kicking people in the butt.

But seriously, I now feel like I have more mobility in that joint, which is quite ironic since it does not move now.
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Re: Bone Spurs

As someone who had a joint replacement in the big toe that failed and then has had a fusion, I would go with the fusion. The recovery was hard as I had a bone graft from my hip, but it was worth it in the end. My only limitation is my heel height. I can do almost any activity that I want to.

I saw that someone mentioned Shaq's foot surgery. The dr. who did my surgery was the one who did his surgery. She is wonderful! In fact my fusion is incredibly solid. I slipped on Saturday and landed on my fused toe. I had x-rays yesterday and the fusion is 100% completely solid. Let's not talk about the crack in the bone above the joint that is not fused though.

Good luck to you.

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Re: Bone Spurs

That is excellent to hear jdm. I worry that I will slip on the ice and damage my toe, since it is still only four months post fusion.

The heel "limitation" will be an improvement for me. My foot did not like ANY heel at all, and if I could have gotten some negative heels, I would have. It will be nice to be able to wear slightly less sensible shoes.
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Re: Bone Spurs

Well one thing I have learnt is that the toe can be fused at an angle, as with my toe at the moment being at almost a permanant horizontal angle I tend to walk on the outside of my foot which is affecting my ankle

I am due to get an appointment with a specialist soon so will weigh up the options

Thanks for all the advice

 
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Re: Bone Spurs

Hi chris, my foot has been fused at a 20 degree angle. It must have started hurting at 10 or 15 degrees before because it now feels far better. I can walk with a normal gait, meaning I toe off the big toe rather than towards the little toe. My hip is happier now.

I asked my surgeon if it would fuse on its own. He said it wouldn't fuse completely, and that it would continue to become more painful. That is what convinced me to go for it. I am so glad I did and wonder why I did not do it before.
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I thought the doctor that did Shaqs surgery was Kenneth Mohr

 
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sorry Robert Mohr.

 
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A September 11, 2002 press release from UCLA stated that Dr. Robert Mohr, chief of the Division of Podiatric Surgery performed the procedure.

 
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