Hallux Rigidus and the Cheilectomy Operation Over the past few years I have in the course of my training as reservist been involved in some arduous endurance training involving the carrying weight for extended periods. I do not know if this has been the cause of the condition I have developed or whether itâs a case of genetic bad luck. Regardless of the cause, I have been diagnosed with Hallux Rigidus (or stiff great toe) which I understand is an arthritic condition. The pain around the joint can when conducting TABS over rough terrain become fairly uncomfortable especially when it seems to cause inflamed sesimoids as well. Crossing rocky terrain (especially river beds with boots on)can be excruciating on the balls of my feet as a result. Iâm taking a break from the more arduous stuff for the moment, but Iâm keen to remain at a good level of fitness. I am running a marathon (with endurance life) later this year to see how I get on. To be honest running doesnât really hurt as much as I donât bend my toe as much as walking. I can still cope with CFTs but I canât do them in step, I prefer, where possible, to hang on the back and do the shuffle thing the whole way. I have been to see an orthopaedic surgeon who has suggested a Cheilectomy (shaving off the arthritic spurs). Iâve put the operation off though as Iâm concerned the risk of my condition worsening outweighs the likely benefits of having it done right now. Generally opinions on internet blogs concerning endurance athletes seem divided on the pros and cons of having the operation done. Iâd just be really interested to hear from anyone who has had experience of this particularly those with an infantry background. Iâd be additionally grateful for any medical advice from any medical professionals who may read this. In short the basic question is how can I manage this so I that I can continue to function effectively in the course of my military training as a reservist ?