Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint Posted by BugRed 4/22/2015 12:14:00 AM
I've just had a fusion of my big toe- 3 weeks ago. My mtp joint was completely gone and bones spurs were all over making my joint lumpy and painful to find shoes. I had no movement in the joint for at least two years now. Only a few shoes including rocker type soles were comfortable. Many flats were not comfortable due to the height of the shoe at the joint. The pressure was painful. The surgeon promised the pain would be gone and the joint cleaned up and the two bone ends fused together. No movement didn't concern me since I've had none for awhile now. The pain after surgery was reduced considerably by taking the docs advice to keep it elevated as much as possible for the first two weeks. I hardly needs pain killers. I am now wearing the Darco ortho-wedge offloading healing shoe. It took a week to get used to wearing it. Crutches helped. You need to wear a higher shoe on your good foot to keep hips even. You need to keep it elevated for the first few days until your walking time increases. I'm curious to see how the next months will go once I am back to regular shoes. His walking will be less one joint, even though that joint was pretty much destroyed anyway.