Toe fusion

Hello Dr, my wife is just about to undergo a second operation on her left foot as the first op did not work. She has been told that some toes will be fused this time. Please can you tell me how they will go about fusing her toes, what does it entail. Many thanks.

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    Hello and thank you for your question. If you are referencing the smaller toes (2 – 5) then they usually either use a k-wire or a internal implant in the toe. This is a very common procedure with a high success rate. She will need to be in a surgical shoe for 4 – 6 weeks to allow time for the toe to fuse. After this time she’ll be able to fully return to all activity and should have improved function in her foot. During the 4 – 6 weeks in the shoe she can still roll her calves and bottom of foot on a lacrosse ball or RAD Roller ( to avoid stiffness and weakness in the muscles. I hope this helps!

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