CHEILECTOMY OF THE BIG TOE
Cheilectomy is an operation to remove a bony lump on the top of the main joint of the big toe. This is almost always caused by arthritis of the great toe (sometimes known as “hallux rigidus”). This operation is done either because the bony lump is pressing painfully on your shoes, or as a treatment for early arthritis of the big toe, when the joint is not yet badly affected. Some people have both reasons for surgery.
If the lump is pressing on your shoes, you will probably have tried different shoes before coming to see the surgeon, and there is usually no other option than surgery. However, if arthritis is the main problem, surgery would only be advised if other treatments, such as painkilling and anti-inflammatory medicines, modifications to your shoes and injections had not helped.
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