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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

About 4 to 8 weeks: In a hallux rigidus condition the motion in the great toe joint is severely reduced. Only removing the spurring around the joint doesn't improve motion. The best approach is to perform a procedure that will address this severe degenerative or arthritic process. This can take somewhat longer to heal but the results are very gratifying. Experienced podiatrists have specific procedures for this.

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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.

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I'm 7 weeks post hallux rigidus surgery/bone spur removal. Having a lot of burning on top of foot along with tightness and deep redness especially at?

I'm 7 weeks post hallux rigidus surgery/bone spur removal. Having a lot of burning on top of foot along with tightness and deep redness especially at?

Possible nerve issue: If you have had this feeling since the surgery sometimes the nerves in the skin are irritated. If it is new it could indicate infection or scar adhesions. If the redness is spreading out from your incision you should follow up with the surgeon as you may need antibiotics. If the scar is tight and skin is immobile you can do circular massage or use scar creams.

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What is the definition or description of: Hallux rigidus?

Rigid like a board.: 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 to a hallux limitus.

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Will hallux rigidus cause planter fasciitis?

In theory yes: Limited range of motion of the hallux can cause bio mechanical strain to other parts of the foot including the plantar fascia

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Can you give me more info on an operation for hallux rigidus?

Hallux rigidus: Hallux rigidus is the final stage of degeneration in your great toe joint. At this point. Depending on your x-rays you have two options. You can have the joint replaced or have the joint fused. I recommended you obtain weight bearing x-rays and have a foot surgeon take a look at the xrays to give you a better idea of which procedure works for you.

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What can I expect when having an operation for hallux rigidus?

Improved function: The goal of surgery to correct for hallux rigidus is to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. There are many procedures utilized for this purpose ranging from cleaning the excess bone around the joint to replacing the joint. The recuperation for the procedure would take about 3 months to get back to full function and normal shoewear.

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Where do I find docs who know how to conduct operatiosn for hallux rigidus?

Podiatric surgeon: I am sure your community has competent Podiatric surgeons that are more than capable of caring for your condition. There are several different treatment options (including surgical intervention) that can be done. Check your local hospital's web site and search for a Podiatrist.

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What is hallux rigidus?

Pre-Arthritic: Hallux limitus is a pre-arthritic condition of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (big toe joint), that causes narrowing of the joint space, impaction of the phalanx bone upon an elevated first metatarsal, and, and restricted dorsiflexion and plantar flexion of the joint. Over a period of time due to gait dorsal spur of the first metatarsal may develop further restricting range of motion & pain.

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What is "hallux rigidus"?

What is "hallux rigidus"?

Arthritic big toe: Hallux rigidus is a condition with no or very limited movement of the big toe joint. This usually secondary to progressive arthritis of the joint or joint injury. A stiffer shoe and good support is usually helpful. Many times surgery in necessary. See for foot specialists. Dr l.

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Hallux rigidus. Is it bad?

Not good: Not bad if it is not painfui.

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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.

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Is hallux rigidus always painful?

Not always.: Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe which can lead to pain and stiffness in the joint. Hallux rigidus is actually a form of degenerative arthritis. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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