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Toe surgery - anthroplasty ?

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Hi I have been having problems with my big toe for app. 3 years I have had ostenil injections to no avail - my podiatry surgeon has usggested an operation to shorten my big toe - think it is called anthroplasty - is this a good idea - he has said I could possibly have hip problems in the future if I don't have the surgery - I am too young for a joint replacement I am 54 - another podiatrist has said to only have the op as a last resort really do not know what to do - am looking for advice or people who have had the operation - see how they have coped

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replied January 21st, 2010
Arthritis Answer A9381
You may want to look into orthotics, specific ones called spinal-pelvic stabilizers are geared more towards helping/preventing hip/spine problems, but they may also help the toe if made properly. In my office I use Foot Levelers, but there are others as well. All my patients that have had surgery on their toes have regretted it, but that doesn't mean that some people don't get relief. Good luck!

Antonio Marotta, D.C.

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