11 May, 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.

2nd Anniversary

Today is the second anniversary!

My foot is absolutely OK - my surgeon was a bit sceptical two years ago, at that time he said that the damage was very significant, and that I would likely need a fusion in the near future. However, so far so good - I have no problems, I can do whatever I like, run, cycle, climb, dance... what else I need? Yes, I do feel something different in that joint, I would not even call it "pain". It is a kind of little tenderness, I even do not know which words to use to describe it. It definitely does not limit any activities, it feels so much better than before the surgery, and I think I am actually feeling less discomfort than last year.

I am very happy I got that problem fixed. If only one could fix all other challenges so easily....

11 May, 2013

1st anniversary

So, I am sitting outside, it is the middle of the night, and my Mac (actually my wife's Mac) has just announced "it's twelve o'clock". Beautiful English accent, received pronunciation (but I am in the South of the United States ha ha, life is a cabaret, isn't it - I have lived in so many different places in the world...)

Nevertheless - 12 o'clock means that I had my cheilectomy exactly one year ago. And all I can say is that I do not even remember why. This is so good.  I can do whatever I want. I know I am lucky; probably I am one of these guys in whom the surgery really worked - and brought the relief.

All I want to say is that cheilectomy can help. I do not have any statistical data to see what is the likelihood. For me, it was a miracle.

Last sip of pinot grigio, and I am going to bed in a moment.

Forgive me the lack of being "serious" on this occassion. I am European, I spent a good part of my life in England, and I learned the power of taking myself seriously, but not too seriously. Yet I am taking all of you very seriously. That's why I created this blog. No one needs to suffer if there is no need to suffer.