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.
Cheilectomy is a surgical procedure used for treating big toe arthritis or hallux rigidus, a common condition affecting the ankle and foot. The surgery involves removing bone spurs over the big toe's main joint, relieving pain and stiffness.
The complications are minimal, and recovery time is fast; however, cheilectomy is typically recommended after unsuccessful conservative treatment methods.
Alternative treatments to cheilectomy
Cheilectomy can prove to be an effective treatment for mild and moderate cases of hallux rigidus, but there are other non-surgical options that patients need to try before. Other methods that may provide relief include:
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