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      Big Toe Arthritis Joint Preserving Surgery in Miami Beach, FL

      Big Toe Joint Preserving Surgery Miami Beach FL

      Minimally Invasive Hallux Rigidus Procedures

      • Not all patients with arthritis of the big toe (hallux rigidus) require a fusion to treat the condition. Some patients may be eligible for minimally invasive procedures or open procedures to retain or increase range of motion and to reduce pain.
      • Two of the most important procedures are the Cheilectomy and Moberg Osteotomy, and the Interposition Arthroplasty.
      • The Cheilectomy/Moberg is a minimally invasive procedure (keyhole surgery) to shave down the arthritis and increase the range of motion. This is most commonly performed in the earlier stages of the disease.
      • The interposition arthroplasty is reserved for more severe cases of hallux rigidus. It consists of shaving the arthritic bone and recreating a joint space by using a tendon. The latter will create padding in the joint thus alleviating pain while retaining the range of motion. 
      • Once the joint has healed, you will be allowed to wear most shoes, including a high heel if desired.
      • There are no limits to exercise activities after the surgery, including all sports and running.

      Recovery: General Facts

      • You are able to walk on the outside of the foot the day after surgery
      • You must wear your surgical shoe at all times for 6 weeks
      • You may not walk on the bare foot at all even in the house without this shoe
      • You may drive as soon as comfortable, usually at 4 days if the left foot and 21 days if the right foot.
      • The surgical shoe is worn for 6-8 weeks
      • Low impact exercise is allowed at about 2 weeks after surgery in the surgical boot
      • Range of motion exercises of the big toe begins at about 2 weeks after surgery

      Specific Post-Operative Course

      Week 0-2

      • Foot wrapped in a bulky bandage and surgical shoe
      • Ice, elevate, take pain medication as needed
      • Blood drainage through bandage is expected
      • Do not remove surgical shoe

      Week 2-6

      • Shower allowed
      • Keep using surgical shoe
      • Start hallux range of motion

      Week 6

      • Remove surgical shoe
      • Start PT
      • A regular shoe may then be worn as comfortable

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