Saturday, December 5, 2009

Surgery Done - Recovery Begins

Its always fun to share the great experiences of running. Great races, new places and faces. Unfortunately a couple of my recent posts and the next few will be about injury, surgery and recovery. While not as much fun many of us will go and have gone through it so I think its important for us to share these experiences too. In my previous post I described the diagnosis and treatment, "Hallux Rigidus", an arthritic condition which combined with excessive use grew to a stage which required surgery to relieve the pain and regain flexibility in my big right toe.

The entire procedure was a little over an hour. My surgeon was Craig Radnay from the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in NYC. Not sure yet how large the incision is as my foot is still wrapped until late Sunday. After the incision was made the bone spur on the top of my toe was shaved down and the area between the joint where there is no cartilage was also shave to make more room and reduce friction.

The Dr. says the procedure went well and I should now have 90 degree flex without pain when my recovery is complete (4-6 weeks). Mean while the first few days have been uncomfortable. I am taking pain meds and trying to rest. I will keep you up to date as I progress (mentally and physically). Peace


  1. I wish you the best in your recovery. I have seen many have this 'routine procedure' and they turn out fine.

  2. Thanks Heather. I will stay positive.

  3. Save some of those pain meds for me (and for your 100-miler) ! Recover quickly.


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