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Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by 40 year old previous dancer - fusion
5/14/2014  5:34:00 AM
All the research I did warned (orthopaedics obviously and podiatrists) that the gold standard for arthritis for anyone active or young is fusion as all implants fail - longest life 10 years and many fail within 2-5 if you are very active. Plus it still causes mechanical issues with the gait and strange compensations the foot does just like with a fusion, so it sounds wonderful but it must be shown to work on active people for many years before you can trust the results. I was horrified with my issue because I went in for a bone spur cleaning and came out with a fusion - because there was "zero cartilage" left - but I, like many on this site, would have chosent to "live with it" - I only agreed to any surgery at all because it was the attempt to clean it up to give more life to the joint. There is no data on "active" yound people who get fusions after 2 years. There is all this information on how they can "run half marathons" which at first gave me hope but I have since had a PT wanr me that any activity will destroy all the other toes and joints in the foot after a fusion - so I am begging for any source of info on these "runners" post fusion after year 10, 15, 25 etd - who cares about year 1-3, you can do anything for a couple years but that proves nothing abut longevity. Does anyone have any 10-30 year post fusion activity stories? Right now I can wear heels, run, raise up on the ball of my foot (8 months post op) BUT I won't do it any longer because of my new fear that over time this is going to cause all the rest of my foot to fall apart.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by novemberecho
5/16/2014  9:33:00 AM
Posted by 40 year old previous dancer - fusion--

That is mortifying! I assume you must have (maybe unknowingly) signed something prior to surgery allowing the surgeon to make that call while you were under(?) Otherwise it seems like you might have a legitimate lawsuit against him.
I'm glad I read this anyway; *IF* I ever opt to have surgery I will require my surgeon to put in writing that he will NOT fuse my joint under any circumstances.
I'm so sorry that happened to you.
I still research this issue online occasionally; I have found little information as far as personal accounts of various MTP-related surgeries from athletes, and even less info specific to dancers. Suprising since the problem does not seem uncommon. Will keep looking though.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by newsdiane
12/3/2014  10:13:00 PM
Does anyone have any experience with an artificial joint for the big toe? That's what my doctor is recommending since I refused the option of fusion. I am under the impression that I'll be able to continue dancing about a month after the implant surgery. If you have an implant, how much mobility do you have in your toe?

A little bit about my toe trouble: There's no cartilage left in the joint. I had hallux rigidus (arthritis of the big toe joint with a bone spur). Seven months ago, I had a cheilectomy and osteotomy, (cleaning out of the joint and shortening of the big toe). But the bone has deteriorated, presumably due to arthritis.

If anyone is going through something similar, I'd be very interested to hear about it. Thanks!
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by Trish
4/7/2015  5:42:00 PM
I had a joint replacement done to my second toe (not big toe). It has been 6 yrs now and it's great!
I'm now facing fusion of both big toes because previous surgerys have failed. I'm also a dancer & worry about it but have run out of options.
I'm being told that with proper physio I will be able to continue my activities so keeping fingers crossed.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by BugRed
4/22/2015  12:14:00 AM
I've just had a fusion of my big toe- 3 weeks ago. My mtp joint was completely gone and bones spurs were all over making my joint lumpy and painful to find shoes. I had no movement in the joint for at least two years now. Only a few shoes including rocker type soles were comfortable. Many flats were not comfortable due to the height of the shoe at the joint. The pressure was painful. The surgeon promised the pain would be gone and the joint cleaned up and the two bone ends fused together. No movement didn't concern me since I've had none for awhile now. The pain after surgery was reduced considerably by taking the docs advice to keep it elevated as much as possible for the first two weeks. I hardly needs pain killers. I am now wearing the Darco ortho-wedge offloading healing shoe. It took a week to get used to wearing it. Crutches helped. You need to wear a higher shoe on your good foot to keep hips even. You need to keep it elevated for the first few days until your walking time increases. I'm curious to see how the next months will go once I am back to regular shoes. His walking will be less one joint, even though that joint was pretty much destroyed anyway.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by kk
8/23/2015  11:55:00 AM
Hi did you end up having the fusion surgery done? I am scheduled this year and am very nervous as I use to run and dance. Afraid of not being able to do that anymore.

Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by mitzi
2/7/2016  7:38:00 AM
don .t do it, not a fusion your big toe will not bend at all you can never wear heels again, i have been in flip flops for a year the m0st heel will probably be 1 inch to inch 1/2. its sad i love heels all my life and now i cant wear its not true that you can wear 3 inch heels its not true
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by Marybeth
7/15/2016  9:50:00 AM
I had my fusion 6/22/16. I had no choice sin e there was my big toe was way out of alignment, causing it to overlap the toe. This caused rubbing with any shoe I wore. there was also significant arthritis. It has been only a little over three weeks. It seems much longer. I am doing well. Hate the boot, which I will wear another three weeks. I am using Arnica gel, which works great for bruising and swelling. I also use prescription Voltaren gel for pain in my toe and sole of my foot. The boot also threw my back out, causing back spasms. I raised the other "wedge" shoe with an insert. That helped lot. Can't wait to get rid of the boot. I also use a walker for balance as I try to kill myself using crutches.

Next step for me will be therapy and water walking, and deep water exercise. I am hopeful.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by ola
11/1/2016  9:26:00 PM
true bone fusion, ducks I can only wear sandles. never again
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by dee skyrme
3/19/2016  9:13:00 AM
I have had a right big toe joint replaced with a new one. I cannot wear heels , dancing is painful and my feet swell, it is still painful after over a year post op. I had steroid injections two weeks ago to try and ease the pain with no success and am now looking at having a fusion. I am walking on the side of my foot as putting it flat is painful and wearing shoes is a nightmare, even flat ones. I just want to be pain free, the worrying thing is they haven't even started on my left foot yet.

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