Hello all. new here and looking for some experienced info. I have been having lots of pain in the big toe joint of both feet. Podiatrist says it is hallux rigidus. Says that I am bone on bone (no cartilege) in that joint, with large bone spurs growing on top to protect the joint, and arthritis. He gave me 3 options:
1. chilectomy....scrapes off the bone spurs . He thinks it might buy me 1 or 2 years before I need to have the toes fused or the joint replaced
2. toe fusion and chilectomy - where I am headed eventually.
3. joint replacement but he doesn't recommend it because he thinks I will just develop arthritis in the new joint.
I am recovering from thyroid cancer.
my insurance deductible is HUGE, but because I've just had a scan, I've met the deductible for this year... so I feel pressured to have it done NOW!
I thought he told me that I would be up and around in just a few days, but wearing a boot...??? any knowledgeable opinions here would be greatly appreciated