Thanks for your quick reply. Forgive me for my delay in responding. I'm on vacation. The good news is I've been doing alot of hiking.
And it seems I've been able to compensate for my hallus rigidus by sort of rolling my feet to the outside, taking the pressure off my big toes as I roll off them. Yesterday I did about a nine mile hike near Desert Hot Springs, CA and didn't even need any pain meds. Today my feet feel fine.
My feet don't have the really large bone deposits that yours developed. They only flex up and down about 30 degrees. It seems as long as I avoid bending them more than this range they feel pretty good. I don't have any back pain. If I bend them more than that then I have pretty good pain for a while.
Also I went to the foot doc last week and I'm getting some new orthotics with an increased anti-pronating angle to them. Also they will be longer, than the ones I use now to help the joint not move as much. I'm going to get some stiffer boots too.
So what I'm thinking now is that I think I should wait on any surgery. If and when the time comes that the pain is pretty constantly bad then I'll have to look into all these surgery options again.
My main question is if I should eventually need to fuse the joints, should I do it in one surgery and get it over with, or should I have a cheilectomy first, and then a fusion later. Is having 2 surgeries worth it to have x years of some flexibility or not.
Happy hiking to you,
I used to do that, and it started messing with my hip and my knee. After I had my surgery, my knee and hip pain disappeared.
Personally, I would do the cheilectomy soon and try to ward off the fusion.