Foot and Ankle

Cheilectomy (Stiff Big Toe Surgery)

What is a Cheilectomy?

Cheilectomy is a surgical procedure used to help relieve symptoms of hallux rigidus which is pain and stiffness of the joint at the base of the big toe. A Cheilectomy removes the bony growths on top of the big toe's main joint. This procedure improves joint movement and is most successful in patients with less severe arthritis.

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To learn more about cheilectomy, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment. 

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"In April, Dr. Padrta performed a cheilectomy on my right foot. Arthritis had caused the bone in the joint proximal to my large toe, to grow quite large. I had gotten so used to having the discomfort when I did my three to five mile walks and longer hikes, that I sort of dismissed the increasing pain. There was only one shoe left that I could buy to be comfortable in. When I saw Dr. Patrta, he said if I didn't have surgery soon on this joint, he was going to have to fuse it. I said fusing it wasn't an option in my mind. Therefore, surgery sooner than later was the primary focus. The last thing Dr. Padrta said to me before I went to sleep for the surgery was that bone will be gone. It is gone, and what a difference. When I saw Dr. Padrta on my last post-op visit about one month after surgery, it was still quite swollen and painful. OH MY GOSH, you should see it now. I have a brand new foot. I have been walking three miles and even hiked up a 3000 foot elevation gain trail. I have to admit, I could sure feel some pain after that, but with common sense and giving it more time before I go on more hikes, it is better each day. Some days, I even forget which foot  I had the surgery on. Thank you so much." — Connie V.