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    Old 06-07-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
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    Big toe replacement joint

    Hi
    i had a replacement joint in my big toe about 6yrs ago
    I am very happy with it
    But .....................the last couple of days i have had a lot of pain . it is like a stinging pain , and it throbs
    Can anyone please tell me how you know when the joint replacement has gone ?? I was told when i had it done this was the best option for me , and it was . But when it went i would have to have a toe

     
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    Old 06-07-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    HI
    in response to the above post . the doctor said i would have to ahve a "fusion"
    Kathy

     
    Old 06-07-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    i had an implant put in my big toe after a failed bunion surgery. the implant did not work. the only alternative was toe fusion. it will be a year in novemember. the pain went away, but i had to change what shoes to wear, exercise and my outlook on life. fusion is the final answer. i wonder if another replacement would work. also you didnt state why you had to have a replacement. post again

     
    Old 06-07-2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    It was due to arthritus , the surgeon said because i was an active woman( i am now 63)
    it was the best option for me at the time ....
    I have been taking painkillers and they have helped . i am wondering if maybe it is an infection
    thanks for your reply
    Kathy

     
    Old 06-08-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    what kind of infection could it be? i had my toe fusion at 50. i ski, play tennis and exercise. if you have to have the fusion, it will a long recovery.

     
    Old 08-30-2008, 02:50 PM   #6
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

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    what kind of infection could it be? i had my toe fusion at 50. i ski, play tennis and exercise. if you have to have the fusion, it will a long recovery.
    Did the fusion affect your gait? Do you limp? Can you wear wedge heels? I'm considering fusion but afraid of the permanence of losing mobility.
    I teach yoga nationally, which means a lot of travel. I don't even have 8 weeks at home during which to recover. Any alternative suggestions would be appreciated.

     
    Old 08-31-2008, 03:24 PM   #7
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    hi yoga, the fusion did not affect my gait. i can wear wedge heels. you can try the implant. why does your dr think you need fusion and are you going to an ortho specialist?

     
    Old 08-31-2008, 10:48 PM   #8
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    Thank you, Debbie. I'm happy to hear that your gait is unaffected. When I splinted my big toe joint, it reduced the ankle flexion, so I assumed I would walk with a limp or a rigid gait after surgery. And you can wear normal shoes again. That's good to hear, too. In addition to fusion, my orthopedic surgeon suggested other options (not replacement--apparently this isn't available in the US) but the two other surgeries only last a couple of years.

    I'm going to NYC in October and will have consults with others, including a second opinion from an Iyengar teacher/surgeon, a Chinese Medicine doctor who manipulates bones, and a chiropractor/yogi who swears by K-laser treatment.

    Amy in Arizona

     
    Old 09-01-2008, 04:37 PM   #9
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    just remember that if you do the fusion, you cant wear pointy toe shoes nor anything above 2 and a quarter inch. very uncomfortable. good luck!

     
    Old 09-02-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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    Re: Big toe replacement joint

    Thank you! I have never worn pointy toes or high heels in my life, so no loss there. I just don't want to limp.
    Appreciate your perspective on the recovery.
    Amy

     
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