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What is the recovery time after hallux rigidus/bone spur operations?
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2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
It depends on the surgery.
Most commonly, the first surgery is a cheilectomy which is shaving of the spur. This is a "clean up" procedure and there is usually no restrictions in weight bearing. Most of my patients take about a month to get into reasonable shoes and resume most activities.

In brief: Depends
It depends on the surgery.
Most commonly, the first surgery is a cheilectomy which is shaving of the spur. This is a "clean up" procedure and there is usually no restrictions in weight bearing. Most of my patients take about a month to get into reasonable shoes and resume most activities.
Dr. Robert Mihalich
Dr. Robert Mihalich
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 4-6 weeks
Most of the time patients are back into a comfortable shoe in 4 weeks and back to most fitness activities in 10 -12 weeks.
A lot depends on damage present, patients healing and compliance and patients expectations. Discuss your paticular situation with your foot specialists. Dr l.

In brief: 4-6 weeks
Most of the time patients are back into a comfortable shoe in 4 weeks and back to most fitness activities in 10 -12 weeks.
A lot depends on damage present, patients healing and compliance and patients expectations. Discuss your paticular situation with your foot specialists. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: Recovery time varies
Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care.
Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

In brief: Recovery time varies
Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care.
Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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