Arthritis of the Big Toe Treatment – Melbourne
Although the operation produces good results in most cases, complications may occur. Despite the great care that is taken with the operation and aftercare, a small number of people may have less than perfect results due to problems such as:
1. * Non-union – Non-healing of the bone that may require further surgery. Smoking increases the risk of this complication considerably.
2. * Mal-union – The position in which the toe is set can also cause problems. Women may find that they cannot wear high heeled shoes after a fusion. A few people will find that the position in which the toe is set does not suit them individually, and may consider further surgery to adjust this.
3. Sensitisation of the foot due to damage to the small nerves and blood vessels.
4. Weight transfer to the second toe (a callus under the second toe).
6. General complications of lower limb surgery such as thrombosis (a blood clot) and anaesthetic problems.
(Note – *These complications may occur only after fusion surgery).
You may reduce the risk of complications by preparing yourself and your foot, as described in our handout, “Preparing for Foot Surgery”.
If you are at particular risk of complication, Mr Keith will discuss this during your consultation.