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Doctor insights on: Hallux Rigidus Surgery

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Dr. Adam Keslonsky
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Hallux Rigidus (Definition)

Simply stated, it is the inability to flex or other wise move the great toe at the metatasal phalangeal joint. This is the joint where the big toe meets the foot. If the big toe has some, but limited movement, then it is referred ...Read more


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How painful is hallux rigidus surgery?

How painful is hallux rigidus surgery?

First: Everyone perceives pain differently. Second, there are many different procedures to cure this issue. Rest assured if you have pain and this is why you are doing the surgery, you will be given pain killers for post op and ultimately your problem will be fixed. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I postpone my hallux rigidus surgery for a month?

Is it bad if I postpone my hallux rigidus surgery for a month?

No: Considering it took many years for this arthritic condition to develop, waiting one month is no big problem. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time after hallux rigidus/bone spur surgery?

It depends...: Usually 4-6 weeks but it depends on the type of procedure performed and on the individual that it was performed on. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after hallux rigidus/bone spur surgery?

What is the recovery time after hallux rigidus/bone spur surgery?

Depends: On what procedure. If simple cheilectomy (shaving of spur) then sutures for 2weeks. A post op shoe is usually dispensed to be worn for 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Which doctors have experience performing hallux rigidus minimally invasive surgery in nj/pa or nearby states?

See below: You can also see a podiatrist who is trained in surgery and care of the foot and ankle. Remember there are several ways to correct hallux rigidus. ...Read more

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If you have beginnings of hallux rigidus with no pain, how many years might it be before you need surgery.

Sometimes never: Hallux rigidus can sometimes be treated conservatively with orthotics and steroid injections. If that fails, surgery may be necessary, but how long that may be depends on patients pain tolerance and activity level. Type of surgery varies from joint preserving procedures to joint replacement or fusion. ...Read more

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For hallux rigidus, one surgeon said joint replacement, & one, fusion. I'm still mobile & want the less risky bone spur surgery. What do you advise?

For hallux rigidus, one surgeon said joint replacement, & one, fusion. I'm still mobile & want the less risky  bone spur surgery.  What do you advise?

Voice your opinion: I would get another opinion and let your feelings be known. You can have a surgery to clean up the joint as long as you know it's not the final solution. It could buy you some time before a fusion/implant. ...Read more

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Is hallux rigidus hereditary?

In part. : Hallux rigidus is not clearly hereditary but there is probably some component that predisposes some to this problem. However, the major determinants are previous trauma to the joint and repetitive injury that accumulates over time. ...Read more

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