Hope you had a great holiday. :)
It was fun, but definitely a blur.
I want to thank you for giving me a call this afternoon to let me know that you received
the X-Rays from my HMO. I really appreciate it, because I know you have got to be
a busy person, especially during this part of the year.
After my visit with you earlier in September, (when you didn't have the X-Rays) I went back
for my consultation with the HMO podiatrist.
She definitely said that it wasn't a bunion, but after viewing the images said it was a bone spur.
Originally, pre-imaging the doctor said that fusion of the big toe joint was an option, but after imaging said that wouldn't be
a good thing.
So I'm in agreement with both of you in that I don't want to fuse anything. I have more motion
by not doing so.
What I'm wondering, however, is if you would be in agreement that it is a bone spur and if you would
also agree that going in and smoothing out the surface, (which is what the podiatrist proposed) would be
a good option. If it would at all alleviate some of the pain I've been having when pressure is put on that area.
Also, if there is a chance that it would give me back a little more motion.
She said it would be probably around a two-week rehab with the smoothing out process.
Right now, my foot definitely lets me know when I've worked it too hard or am in the wrong kind of shoe.
All my shoes are pretty much flats, (supportive flats) but it still bothers me with all the dancing I do.
The orthotics were declined by the HMO, so I won't be getting those anytime soon.
Let me know if I should call you back today or tomorrow
or make a follow-up appointment to see you in person at St. Francis.
Thank you so much for your time.
Dear Heidi, Thank you for allowing me to answer this email on my blog. I have even changed your name to protect you. When you first saw me the podiatrist had been talking about fusing your big toe joint as a primary surgery and I was quite appalled. I am so glad that opinion has changed. You definitely need surgery, but good rehabilitation of the toe joint will take a few months, and you will have to be good to the toe for about one year.
Why do you need surgery? Let us look at your xrays. Here are the straight images from the top of your foot noting arthritic spurs and irregularities in the joint suggesting Hallux Rigidus with degenerative arthritis.
Heidi, I hope this has helped you. Rich