GREAT TOE JOINT FUSION

Great Toe Fusion Post-Op Rehabilitation Protocol:

  • This protocol provides you with general guidelines for rehabilitation after great toe fusion.

  • Specific changes in the program will be made by your physician as appropriate for each individual patient.

  • Each individual heals at a different rate. It may take up to 12 months to make a full recovery, and it is not unusual to have intermittent aches and pains throughout the course of your rehabilitation.

Instructions For Patients:

  • Weightbearing as tolerated in removable walking boot immediately after surgery

    • Sutures typically removed at 2 weeks

  • Wear boot while sleeping until 6 weeks post op

  • At 6-8 weeks post-op transition to regular shoe wear

    • Progression is variable for each patient

  • You may begin driving at 6-8 weeks depending upon your progression

    • Note: It is illegal to drive while wearing a surgical shoe

  • You may begin gentle biking and swimming at 8 weeks post-op

  • You may begin gentle running and higher impact activities at 16 weeks post-op

  • Need for physical therapy is on a case by case basis

Please note:

  • If great toe fusion surgery is accompanied by additional surgery such as correction of hammertoes or other corrective procedures, recovery may be quite prolonged with extended swelling.  In the revision situation this may be even further magnified.  Please discuss individual recovery with your surgeon for realistic expectations.

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