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Dear Cat,
I entered this board in August with the same diagnosis. I also saw two docs the same as you. I also was forced to schedule an immediate surgery, a fusion or any other... I don't want to go into all details of my long journey but I just want to tell you to consider ALL other options before you say "yes" to your surgeon even if he is a genius and operated on all the best sports celebrities who continued to win their Olympic prizes after their surgeries. Sure, it depends on your age and your lifestyle and goals. My message is for those who are after 50 plus, not heavy or obese, and who want to continue their normal lives without running, jogging, or jumping (there are other ways of staying fit). You just need to find a doc who believes that hallux rigidus is no more than another sore and will treat you accordingly. The only thing is to be extremely patient, disciplined, believe in it and trust your doc. Please, remember- it is YOUR body and you are the only person who can decide what to do with it. This diagnosis is not a danger for your life, you won't die from it. It will change your shoes in some way, your life style and attitude but your bones will be left untouched, and this is the biggest investment you can do in your life no matter how bad your "stocks" are. If you are not a young person who wants to run hunderds of miles, then think twice before you give your bones to be touched, let alone to be cut off. Keep what you have no matter how bad it is. You can take your pain off with the right doc.
Good luck, and if you go for a surgery which is the best solution for you then I wish you the best success and the best result. Be brave and optimistic!

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