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Hallux Rigidus Recovery

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I just had surgery on my right foot to repair the huge bone spur on my right big toe joint.  I had the cheilectomy.  I had a nerve block with light sedation, Versed and something else that may me sleep through the procedure, but allowed make to wake up easy and with no ill effects.  My nerve block started to wear off after just four hours.  I could feel pain at the incision site.  My surgery was at 2:00 and by 8:00 I was feeling some pretty intense pain.  I could not bear any weight on my foot the first night and kept waking up due to the pain.  I am taking oxycodone 5 to control it, but 1 pill just takes the edge off.  I took two at bedtime last night and was finally able to sleep.  I also was able to bear weight on my foot yesterday using a walker or crutches.  It still hurts to put weight on it, but I feel like I will be able to walk with the shoe they gave me by tomorrow.  Minor walking, thankfully I can sit at work.  Today is two days post surgery and when I woke up the pain was not as severe.  I hope it starts to ease off by tomorrow since I will be going back to work.  I did drive yesterday; I had no choice and it definitely is not easy.  I would not recommend it.  I hope driving tomorrow is a little easier.  I had to drive without the rigid shoe they gave me because it was too bulky.  I have been elevating my foot whenever I sit or sleep.  Definitely use ice packs to keep the swelling down.  I was able to take a bath by wrapping my foot in a plastic bag and then a garbage bag.  


I have no idea what caused my hallux rigidus.  I have worked out consistently since 1996 and arthritis runs in my family.  The surgeon said that you can't see everything on the x-ray because of the natural curve of the toe joint and that my joint was much worse than the x-ray showed.  I am glad I had the surgery because it would not have gone away and I have had cortisone injections in my shoulder and neck and they are very temporary and don't solve the problem.  I would gladly suffer through a few days of pain if this resolves the joint damage.  I just hope it doesn't come back.  It is starting to develop in my left toe now.  Good luck to anyone who is getting this surgery in the future.  You will do fine.  

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Keep us posted.  I have hallux rigidus in my right big toe; caused by limping for almost a year after a botched ACL repair.  Not eager to rush into surgery ever again, but the big toe really hurts some times.

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