Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint Posted by updm002 3/22/2013 2:09:00 PM
Hello, I have been dancing silver level smooth ballroom for 4 yrs now and have had a cheilectomy of my left big toe 18 months ago and also have had a right big toe fusion 14yrs ago with the screw removed 18mo ago..I really had no choice in getting either of these surgeries..live with severe pain at times or surgery?..I had a large amount of arthritis in my right great toe due to an old injury where a steel beam fell on my foot..the bump got so big and painful I could barely wear shoes..the pain started when I was in my mid 20's and I had the fusion surgery in my early 30's..I am now in my late 40's..I did dance off and on socially during that time..I do not have pain in the fused toe and can rise to the ball of my foot about 2 inches off floor..I also have heel spurs so I wear orthotics made for my feet when I can fit them inside certain shoes..the negative with fusion surgery I would have to say would be that your balance is more challenged and my 2nd and 3rd toe are starting to shift toward the fused toe and that can cause a little discomfort kind of what hammer toes do.. I have been trying a toe spacer between big toe and 2nd toe and wearing orthotics as much as possible..seems to help.. I didn't start experiencing that hammer toe feel till about 2 yrs ago..I wear sas style mary jane shoes when I dance showcases or compete..they tend to have a smooth sole for dancing and have adjustable buckles and give my fused toe more cushion..You can also find lower heeled shoes and danceshoes online that also come in wide widths.. I also wear an extra wide shoe..not a good problem to have when you are a dancer-hard to find!..THe surgery itself was pretty painful the first 2 days but subsided quickly after I learned to really elevate the surgical foot.. helped more than drugs.. I wore a small foot cast and used crutches for 6 wks..overall fusion surgery takes more of the arthritic pain away because it fuses the joint.. A cheilectomy takes out the bump but not arthritis and can cause swelling for up to a year which it did for me..my right toe is stiffer but i can dance if i wear jobe stockings to help with arthritic swelling , comfy sas shoes, and aleeve.. good luck and let me know if you have any more q's , happy to answer..