By coincidence, I just responded to someone about to have a big toe fusion, then I saw this. To come directly to the point, about 20 years ago, in fact right after running the Boston Marathon (my last one), I developed hip pain that was quite disabling. After trying many non-surgical alternatives, including orthopedic shoes, my doctor determined the that the pain caused in the hip was caused by arthritis in the big toe that affected the way I walked, and that the aberration in walking was affecting the hip! The toe joint was removed and replaced with a stainless steel joint. During that 20 years, I have had no pain in either the hip or the big toe. I hate to think that I might have had an unnecessary hip replacement.View Thread
About 20 years ago (after some marathon running), I developed a permanently painful big toe. A stainless steel toe joint replacement was inserted to replace the normal joint. I have had no problems since. No pain whatever. There is motion loss in the joint, but I gather not the same amount as there would be with a fusion. However, I cannot tell you that the remaining motion is useful in any particular way. But you might want to ask if joint replacement is an option for you. I know that when vertabrae in the spine are fused, it puts pressure on the adjacent vertabrae. Maybe that doesn't happen with feet. I realize I am not giving you definitive information, but just wanted to tell you my experience: No pain or other problems. Some slight joint flexibility, which may or may not be useful. Best of luck.View Thread
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