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I recently had both big toes surgically fused, one after the other, for hallux rigidus (really, really bad arthritis at the bases of my big toes). I live alone, up a set of stairs, and couldn't get out of the house--for 3 weeks for the left one and 6 for the second one.
My surgeon gave me the choice of Cartiva, synthetic cartilage, or fusions, and I chose the latter. So now I have plates and seven screws apiece in each foot where the joint used to be.
If you're considering the same, I'm happy to questions--such stuff as what equipment was helpful and what kind of help I needed as well as anything else I am able to.
BTW, my surgery was called "arthrodesis of the great toe" and probably other stuff I don't remember now. I did a lot of research in the medical literature about it beforehand, though I read a lot of abstracts because I didn't want to pay for the papers. I canNOT offer medical advice, though, since I'm the patient not the surgeon.

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I had my left big toe (technically called "great toe) fused October 20.
I had my right great toe surgically fused December 6.

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For 30 years I’ve written and edited scientific, high-tech, travel, and news publications as well as fiction. I’ve worked on websites, books, newspapers, and business materials (such as press releases...). I also tutor writing and academics, teach gardening and composting, train urban bicycling skills (League of American Bicyclists certified), and spend a gobsmacking amount of time collecting weird words. It’s enough to make you absquatulate! In addition to my master's in environmental horticulture (plants, ecological sustainability, restoration, and noxious invasive weeds), I have a bachelor’s in communications and am trained in numerous avocations. I was a Master Gardener for more than a decade and still give talks there; am still a Master Composter/Sustainability Steward with Tilth Alliance; studied flute with the principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera; and taken classes in--egads!--everything from landscaping to kitchen-knife skills to sea kayaking to scuba diving. For fun, I'm into edible gardening (especially perennial edibles), knitting, my dog, bicycling, reading, and surfing the Oxford English Dictionary Online. Try me! I’m sure we’ll find something to chat about—and maybe trade. show more

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