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 Premier Podiatry
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Every time you walk, your big toe bends to provide you with stability and forward motion that pushes off the rest of your foot. When the joint in either one of your big toes develops bone spurs due to aging, an injury or another foot disease, walking becomes a painful ordeal. While conservative lifestyle changes may alleviate some of that pain, only a targeted bone spur removal toe surgery called cheilectomy fixes the condition. In the trained, experienced hands of Dr. Velimir Petkov at podiatry practice in NJ, you can expect to resume pain-free movement in short order. Call today for relief from foot and toe pain.

A cheilectomy is a type of foot surgery that your podiatrist in northern New Jersey may perform to remove toe bone spurs on your big toe joint. Bone spurs on this joint look like bumps on the top of the toe joint that resemble a callus, although calluses never form on the top of the toe. These bone spurs form because of a type of degenerative arthritis that causes the toe joint to stiffen. Another name for this progressive condition is hallux rigidus, which means stiff big toe.

When you have hallux rigidus, it becomes more and more difficult to walk as time passes because of the stiffness in your toe. The condition is often accompanied by toe pain and foot pain. Dr. Velimir Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey is a board-certified foot specialist with the expertise required to determine whether the best treatment for you is cheilectomy surgery.

Do You Need Toe Bone Spur Surgery?

To diagnose hallux rigidus and determine if you need surgery, your Clifton, New Jersey podiatrists examine your foot to see if there’s evidence of bone spurs. He’ll move the toe around to check range of motion and to see how far the toe can move without pain. He may order digital x-rays to measure how big your existing bone spurs are and the degree of toe joint degeneration that exists.

Very often, if you seek treatment at the first sign of discomfort, your doctor identifies the early signs of potential toe and foot problems. If a bone spur hasn’t formed yet, he recommends steps you can take to possibly stop the progression of this condition with conservative treatment methods such as:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that hurt your feet

  • Applying ice to your foot as needed to reduce inflammation

  • Modifying your footwear to more foot-friendly shoes

  • Putting a pad in your shoe to limit the movement of your big toe

Expert podiatrist Dr. Petkov may recommend a corticosteroid injection to relieve pain if non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as naproxen or ibuprofen aren’t helping. If conservative methods don’t work, you may still be experiencing severe stiffness and pain. When your ability to do daily activities is being affected, surgery may be the only option left.

Premier Podiatry

925 Clifton Ave Ste. 107,

Clifton, NJ 07013

(973) 315-5555

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