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Big toe fusion

palopalo Posts: 239
edited 21. Jan 2020, 07:05 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi folks,

I have my big toe fusion booked for Tuesday, finally. Do you have any tips or advice for me, both for the surgery and recovery afterwards.

Thank you.


  • Airwave!Airwave! Posts: 2,427 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    No.1 -Follow the advice about staying off your feet. Feet up to stop swelling. Patience!

    No 2- Buy a size bigger shoe to allow for the 15degrees of rise that is put into the toe to allow you to roll forward as you walk. They need to be supportive and well cushioned.

    No 3- I would ask for some shoe inserts (removable soles needed) to support the rest of the toes which end up taking more weight, mine are all worn out now.

    No 4- Remember that it will take time for you to get back to normality, 6 months off work can be normal and for me led to retirement.
  • palopalo Posts: 239
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you AW

    will do, that is very helpful.
  • colinreidcolinreid Posts: 10
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    webmanager wrote:
    Hi Palo
    hope the toes fusion went OK, sorry for not picking this up earlier we would have been happy to come on pocket duty with you for your toe fusion
    Best Wishes

    Hi there. Did you feel the screw as you started walking from heel to toe?
  • palopalo Posts: 239
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    No, not at all.
  • colinreidcolinreid Posts: 10
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    palo wrote:
    No, not at all.

    I think it was the sock I felt the way it was bunched up. But did it felt a bit sore to begin with when pushing from the toe?
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