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Are there any non-surgical treatment options instead of a cheilectomy?

There are different non-surgical treatment options, but if they fail to provide sufficient pain relief and enhance your ability to walk, you will need surgery.

Some alternative treatments to cheilectomy are:

  • physical therapy: depending on the cause of your discomfort, the doctor might recommend physical therapy
  • anti-inflammatory medicine: if the pain ranges from moderate to severe, medications such as ibuprofen may be recommended
  • joint immobilization: this technique is meant to alleviate the pain
  • supplements such as glucosamine or chondroitin: if the damage is not severe, these supplements may help alleviate the pain
  • comfortable footwear: wearing wider shoes that don't force the toe to bend allows the feet to have a natural position and reduces discomfort

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