Re: Toe Fusion or Not ?
I had my big toe fused on Oct 28, 2009. I was very apprehensive and scared before hand. I did a lot of research and learned a lot. I also had just about no cartilage in the joint, and many bone spurs. If I went for a walk, my foot would feel like there was an ice pick being jammed into that joint. It had very limited range of motion. I asked the surgeon if it would fuse on its own and he said not entirely, and that it would continue to get more painful. That is what made me know it was the right choice for me. I was totally calm on the day of the surgery, and ready for it.
I have a plate and screws to fix the joint. I was able to walk on my heel from the beginning. I was given permission to walk on the whole foot at six weeks. I returned to work after two weeks because I have a sedentary job and could bring a stool with me. If I were a floorlayer, I might have been able to return to work after about six weeks. It depends on the footwear. The bottom line though is how is it affecting your life over all? I decided that my foot had altered my lifestyle so much that I had to do something.
Now after four months I can walk and walk with no pain. That is fabulous! I would not be ready to do something like tap dancing yet (if I were so inclined) but normal activities are fine. It does still swell a bit, but I can wear my shoes.
There are lots of threads in here on the topic. Browse through them and get more information. Good luck.
Life is too short to wear tight shoes. ~ May you have happy feet in 2013.