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49 Year old Male with stage II to III HR in my left foot.
Ive heard some people and doctors say that the loss in ROM after a fusion doesn't inhibit activities for the most part. My toe is stiff and barely moves already, and there is nagging pain. With the fusion, it would still be stiffer, but there wouldn't be any pain which would free me up to do the activities I've had to give up (jogging, tennis, etc).
What I've read/heard/been told is that:
Cheilectomy has mixed results. Patients often need a fusion down the road anyway.
Cartiva still has mixed results and is unproven long-term.
Fusion has the most positive results and patient satisfaction.
My only concern about a fusion is causing a problem with other toe joints due to a transfer in pressure.
Would love to hear your experiences or opinions.
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