There are several techniques that Dr Buckley performs for hallux limitus and hallux rigidus. The objective of the surgery is to improve and maintain big toe joint mobility, alleviate pain and promote ongoing joint health. The most common Hallux Limitus surgery involves shaving off bony spurs around the surface of the big toe joint and using specialised drills to repair damaged cartilage. Patients are able to bear weight immediately post-surgery and usually return to normal activities within a month after the surgery. During this time Dr. Buckley prefers to review his patients several times to ensure that their recovery is proceeding satisfactorily.
Occasionally where the condition of the joint has deteriorated significantly and is beyond salvage, a joint replacement or joint fusion procedure may be recommended. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia on a day surgery basis and takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
Hallux limitus surgery indications
- Pain in the big toe joint
- Problems fitting into shoes
- Pain when performing daily activities.
- Painful plantar callus beneath the big toe/big toe joint
- Conservative care, such as orthotics or different shoes, has proven ineffective
Hallux limitus surgery aims
- Reduce pain and deformity
- Improve big toe mobility and alignment
- Prevent callus formation
To book a consultation with Dr Ned Buckley regarding Hallux Limitus Surgery, please contact our clinic on 9481 8194 or use our online booking system for an instant appointment.