I had joint replacement surgery on both of my big toes six years ago...put titanium joints in. The reason I had to have surgery is because I had arthritis...the surgeon gave me two options: titanium joint replacement or fusion. I chose the titanium joints. I have had pain every since the surgery...never had to wear surgical shoes, no orthodics prescribed, but did have to go to therapy. The therapist ended dislocating my big toe on my right foot!! I've been walking on the outsides of my feet for six years because of the swelling in the bottom/top of my feet...felt like I had "marbles" in the balls of my feet. Either the surgeon put too large an implant in (said I was between sizes so she put in a larger one) which irritated my tissues or my body simply rejected the foreign objects. Since I reached a point where I could not go for walks because of the pain, I opted to have the titanium joints removed and am now going into my third week of post surgery on my right big toe (1/2/13). The surgeon said my bone had grown into every nook and crany of the implant! He did not replace the implant with anything....so my toe is attached with ligaments and tendon. I had to sit in a chair with my foot elevated for two weeks and just got the stitches removed after 2 1/2 wks.. I'm walking in "Crocks" (most comfortable) and trying to teach my toe how to bend. It is still swollen and I'm taking Ibu and am weaning off the pain meds. I really don't know what to expect? My toe is now 1/2" shorter from having two surgeries. I'm very active and ride horses. I may put off the second surgery on the left big toe until late Fall and see how this works...it's very "pliable." I have a friend that had her toe joint removed and not replaced with anything, but it wasn't the big toe...she has been doing fine. Has anyone else had their implant removed on htheir big toes and had nothing put in place of it???View Thread
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