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
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