I have SEVERE (as in x-ray doesn’t even show a joint exist anymore) arthritis at the base of my big toe on the less-stoked side, as well as that bone spur of extra bone growth. It took both the doctor and his nurse – that’s two medically trained, full-grown adults – pulling with all their strength, to separate the joint enough to insert a thin needle between the bones.
Another thank you from the strokes. Nearly 7 years of putting excess pressure on my “good” foot, developed serious degenerative arthritis.
Wednesday evening, I just got two CCs of 2 kinds of steroids and 2 anesthetics, injected into the joint. I go back in 3 weeks to have a specialty insole molded, and as soon as possible (today or tomorrow I think I have a ride?) to get my temporary orthodic.
Oh, and both of my big toe bones grow crooked too (fun side note, not stroke-related).