arthrodesis of first mpj

  1. First, the disclaimer...I'm not asking for medical advice, just looking for someone who might have had this procedure and can give me some first hand knowledge of the results.

    That being said, I have had two surgeries on my right great toe in the last 6 months. I won't make this long by going in to great detail, but I am left with a toe that is flaccid and malaligned, and very painful when I walk any distance at all.

    The doc that did the first two surgeries basically told me he was stumped and did not know what else to do for me. Two new docs later and I have one that is recommending the arthrodesis. I understand the procedure, but I'm worried about being able to walk properly, to squat, to reach overhead, etc. after the joint is fused. All the literature says that this surgery is the gold standard, but I still have some concerns, there's obviously no going back from it.

    I've been unable to work since the second surgery due to not being able handle all the walking required on my busy floor and my employer not having any accommodation for light duty. My fear is that even though the surgery is supposed to help ease the pain, that the function will still not be adequate for the requirements of my job.

    Again, just wondering if anyone has had this procedure and what the outcome was. Thanks!!
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