Chilectomy or fusion and Bunionectomy

Hi Dr!
I am an active young 60 year old woman who likes to walk 2 miles a day. I have osteoarthritis in both big toes, the left being the worse, with a more limited range of motion. I got 2 opinions from two ortho surgeons in the same clinic. One says fusion, one says cheilectomy. I like the cheilectomy idea, for better ROM for continued walking. I have been having knee Muscle/ligament problems and lower back problems which I am sure are related to my favoring the big toes and waking "lateraly" as the doctor put it. With fusion I would think the bad gait would continue. The bunion is a tailor's bunion on the outside of the foot under the baby toe. I would have that done at the same time. I think if the cheilectomy doesn't work, I could always have it fused, but wouldn't that be the last choice?
I also think doing one foot at a time, the worst one would be the best route as not to be so disabled. Don't you agree? THanks KC

Posted By Kathy on December 06, 2004 at 19:32:15:

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