Recovering from Big Toe Fusion and worried

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Hi

I had my right big toe fused due to arthritis a couple of weeks ago and am currently recovering at home - keeping my foot raised, wearing the big shoe and so forth. My bandages have been removed and everything looked ok, but I have noticed that I can still move my toe a little. Surely it should be impossible due to the metal plate and screws? Or will it slowly stiffen over the next three weeks? I am very worried that at 6 weeks the xray will show the joint has not fused and will require further surgery. Has anyone else had this problem?

Andy

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    Hi!

    I had hammer toe surgery with permanent pins in my toes. I am 1 month post op and when I walk I can still curl/bend those toes and feel pain. I was concerned and very disappointed because I thought having this surgery will prevent bending of my toes, which therefore will alleviate pain. My surgeon told me during my 1 month post op follow up that my toes should stiffen overtime. He explained foot surgeries take months to a year to heal. I just have to continue my range of motion exercises everyday and start physical therapy in 2 weeks. My 1 month foot xray was stable post op arthrodesis of my toes.

    Hang in there as I will try as well.

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      Hi Amie

      Thanks for this - it's good to know that other people have concerns and that things should stiffen over time... here's hoping!

      Andy

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    I hope you feel better soon. And you have a great outcome confused Sorry I can't help with an answer but want to wish you well  

    Baily

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    Hi Andy

    I have had this operation and it takes a while for the joint to fully fuse.  I think that it is probably a good thing not to move it too much at this early stage.  I kept mine up for 2 weeks and then went back for a review and I don't think I walked in a normal shoe until about 12 weeks.  Mine has worked really well - no pain.

    It is important to keep the last joint in the toe moving as my orthopod told me that if you don't manually move it up and down occasonally the tendon across the top of the foot will shorten.

    I hope yours goes as well as mine has.  I am now back to decent walks each day.

    Good luck

    Fran

     

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      Hi Fran

      Thanks so much for this - it's very reassuring. It's three weeks post-op and I've already had my bandages off but my wound is healing slower than they would like so I'm keeping the foot raised as much as possible, and still wearing the big black shoe 24/7. I'm being reviewed and xrayed in 3 weeks, so hopefully it will be stiffer then...

      Thanks for the tip about my last joint - I will manualy bend it every day when I clean my foot!

      Andy

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