24 October, 2014

Summary - a good place to start

I am sharing my experience from the treatment of hallux rigidus. It is a condition where one gets osteophytes (spurs) over the metatarso-phalangeal joint (this is the one on the base of your big toe), plus damage to the cartilage of the joint. With time, these cause big toe pain (right at its base), limited dorsiflexion (ability to bend your toe upwards), and there are "lumpy knuckles" that cause aesthetic problems especially to the ladies (we guys usually do not care that much, although some do....). The condition is developed after acute or chronic trauma, or is genetically conditioned, or - like many things in human medicine - one simply does not know the causes yet.

You will find the history of my recovery on the right side of the page, or below if you are viewing this blog on a mobile device (there should also be a link above if you prefer). It has a table of contents format, starting on the day of the surgery. Many readers have provided their comments, experiences, asked and answered questions (you can see in the table of contents how 'active' each topic has been so far.

This blog was created in real time, each post was written on the actual day following the surgery (and not retrospectively). You may get a good idea what is the post-operative recovery time for a cheilectomy, although there is an obvious element of variability here, and your healing and recovery may differ.

Your thoughts, comments, or questions to me or other readers are most welcome.

Questions still to be answered (dancing, high heels, nerve block, etc.)

So far, a few questions have been asked in the comments to the survey. I will not create any futher poll-style questions; instead, I would like to request free-text comments:

1. Any dancers out there? The person who asked that question wanted to know how many of you were able to dance within 3 or so months after the surgery. By dance, she was referring to any type of dance involving hopping, going slightly up on the toes for pivots, etc. (i.e., not ballet). The person who asked the question also taught Zumba twice a week and hoped to go back to it at some point.

2. Ladies, what is the main reason you cannot wear high heels anymore? Pain from wearing them? Very curious as that was found to be a big bummer.

3. Nerve block - one of our readers had a nerve block in her thigh before the unilateral cheilectomy, to help with the pain, and has been experiencing some unpleasant symptoms since the surgery. Please see the comment under this post.

Please provide your information by sending your comments to this post.

05 August, 2014

Recovery survey - experience sharing

I have created a simple survey - this should help all of us who have had cheilectomy to share the recovery experience. I hope that we can help these who do not want to expect, or perhaps are anxious and have not yet decided to undergo the procedure. The questions are below, the survey is completely anonymous. I invite you to participate in the survey and provide the information based on your own experience!

If you have not had cheilectomy yet, or have not yet recovered, and cannot provide any answers, but you would like to see what others have been reporting, please click "View Results" for each question, and it will reveal the answers that have been given so far. It is also OK for you to answer only the questions that you can (or want to) answer at this time.

Questions added in response to the comments from the blog readers:

If you would like to suggest any other questions for the survey, please go ahead and send them in the comments to this post.

P.S. By now, I have almost forgotten that I ever had a problem with my foot. It is only the scar that serves as a reminder.