When Can You Return to Activity After Toe HemiCAP Surgery?

August 31, 2016

Have you ever wondered how much time it took other Toe HemiCAP Patients to return to their favorite activities after surgery? The chart below was compiled to help answer your questions.

Typical Patient Function & Activity Milestones after Hemiarthroplasty or Total Toe Replacement

Based on their experience, surgeons rated the time it took for patients to achieve certain milestones after surgery such as driving a car, walking in shoes and returning to work, activity or sport. Typically, patients are able to perform the activities of daily life, including returning to work, 2-6 weeks after surgery.

Following Toe HemiCAP® hemiarthroplasty, or ToeMotion® Total Toe replacement, no restrictions on job, sports or activity were recommended. Following these procedures, most patients are expected to return to work within 2 weeks after surgery (66.7%) or within a 15-30 day range (33.3%). The time to return to work was classified as equal or faster than cheilectomy, faster than other implants and faster than fusion. Sports participation was started at a mean of 49.3 days and the satisfaction regarding the return to sport and an active lifestyle was rated as Excellent (66.7%), Very good (33.3%) or Good (16.7%).

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96 responses to “When Can You Return to Activity After Toe HemiCAP Surgery?”

  1. Kathy says:

    Where in Michigan can I have this done

  2. Duanne says:

    When does the pain stop? I am walking and toe is very flexible but with pain at 8 weeks.

    • arthrosurface says:

      Hi Duanne, That’s wonderful that you have increased motion in your toe after the HemiCAP Implant. However, each person heals differently. We suggested contacting your surgeons office directly to discuss your continued pain.

    • Aimee A Richardson says:

      Can you have this implant if you’ve had a cheilectomy?

  3. Please send information on this procedure and by who or where in or near Sioux Falls, SD this prodedure is being done

  4. Is anyone doing this near St Louis MO?

  5. Kameron says:

    Has anyone experienced popping and pain in seismoid area. I am 3 weeks post ok and have been experiencing this.

  6. Denise says:

    locations of Foot and Ankle orthopeadic Surgeons that perform Hemicap procedures in New York State

  7. megan says:

    locations for Docs doing Hemicap procedures in Virginia, especially Richmond area?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi – can you give me the names of Doctors in the Philadelphia and / or West Chester, Pa area who do this procedures?

  9. Shelley says:

    Locations and surgeons in Ontario, Canada who are familiar with this procedure.

  10. CAROL WRIGHT says:

    I am interested in this procedure. I have a degenerative 4th metatarsal. Would this treatment work for me?

  11. CAROL WRIGHT says:

    I have a degenerative joint (4th metatarsal). will this work for me?

  12. Laura Tester says:

    I had a cheilectomy,,on Dec 29th without success. Can I have this surgery since I had the other

    • arthrosurface says:

      Hi Laura, we sent you an email with more information. Please let us know if you did not receive it!

  13. Barb Halbach says:

    Please send me some info…… its been 8 months and swelling is starting again!

  14. Sharon says:

    I am scheduled to have the aurthosurface Hemi-cap Total toe Surgery in Birmingham, Al in 2 weeks. Any advise from others who have had this Surgery.

  15. Sharon says:

    I am just following up. I had my Arthosurface Total Toe replacement on Monday in Birmingham Al by Dr. Gregg Carr. The surgery went very well. It was out-patient surgery. i took the pain pills the 1st 24 hours then switched to ibuprofen on day 2. There is very very little swelling. I was told by my doctor to stay off my fool for 2 weeks. ( zero weight bearing) I am using a walker to got move around the house. I have just been elevating the foot and resting and I am now on day 5 post-op. I have not had any pain and I am confident this surgery will be a positive experience. I am excited to get back a range of motion in my toe again. I get the stitchers out in on July 11th.

  16. Chris Bowles says:

    Hi My name is Chris my GP and Surgeon have recommended fusion for big toe OA which scares me bit. I live near Sydney Austrralia are there any Surgeons in or nearby Sydney that do this procedure
    Thanks Chris

  17. Any HemiCAP information for PA doctor

  18. Robyn M says:

    Please send me info on doctors doing this procedure in the Chicago area.

  19. Patty A. says:

    I live outside of Phoenix, Arizona.Are there Doctors who perform the HemiCAP toe motion system in my area?

  20. Patricia Scott says:

    Please send me information, w50 mho is performing this around the Melbourne, Florida area–within 50 mi radius!

    Thank you,

  21. Kelly Newman says:

    Surgeons doing this in Columbia, SC?

  22. Jill says:

    Hello looking for a dr that performs the hemicap toe surgery in Johnson city tn.

  23. Mark says:

    Who performs the Hemi-Cap Toe Motion in Canada?

  24. Nancy Braley says:

    searching for dictors offering this procedure in the state of West Virginia
    thank you, NancyB

  25. Marty W. says:

    I had a bone spur and arthritis removed from my big toe and an implant inserted this past July 2018. I am still having the same pain as before and my doctor recommends fusion of the big toe. I am very active and don’t want to do the fusion. Can you advise where in Pensacola Florida that I can see someone to do a Hemicap surgery?

  26. Kate says:

    Sorgeons doing this in SE Michigan, Metro Detroit

  27. Helen says:

    Are there any surgeons in the Lansing, Michigan area? Also, do you know of any specific surgeons who have removed a fusion and put the hemicap in its place? Thank you!

  28. Bobbi McGee says:

    I live in Western Kentucky, I am a 5K runner. I’m 5’2 and I wear 5 inch heels every day on my sales job. I do not see fusion as an option because I want motion in my toe. Cartiva looks like it fails very often, you can only wear 1 to 2 inch heels, and most people can walk but not run races. This is unacceptable to me!!!! Who in Western Kentucky (Paducah) Area does this surgery??? Will I return to a normal life afterward? I’m so depressed about this. I fell and broke my foot, this is how all this started. Thanks.

  29. April M Petranto says:

    Hi, is this procedure done in NYS?

  30. Jane Brown says:

    As a result of bunion surgery my toe joint is now bone on bone and I have little mobility and a lot of pain. I am considering joint replacement and would like to know more about this. After one failed surgery I am not anxious to have another. I would like more information about the procedure, the risks including what can go wrong, and statistics on success rates. This at least gives me hope.

  31. Jukie says:

    Is this surgery approved in Thailand at Bumrungrad Int Hospital? I live internationally. Thanks!

  32. Dave says:

    Had HemiCAP surgery on July 2nd still some swelling and if I hit it wrong it hurts also get odd shooting throbs of pain that comes and goes but isn’t steady. I started riding a bike at 5 weeks at 6 weeks started doing 8 miles a day on elliptical machine with 10 mile bike rides after. I have signed up for a 10 mile trail run in 4 weeks and a half marathon trail run the week after. I am supposed to start rehab after Sept 3 doctor appointment. If its not killing me when can I start running my doctor said possibly after 8 weeks which is the 26th of August. But am I passed the point when I could damage the procedure. I am 64 and look at life and time as getting away from me and don’t want to waste any of it.

    • arthrosurface says:

      Hi Dave, thanks for giving us an update! We’re glad to hear that you’re getting back to your favorite activities!

  33. T Ward says:

    I am having this done next Wednesday. Thank you for the information.

  34. Pat says:

    Can you tell me Drs who perform this in Ohio

  35. Stephanie says:

    Are there any surgeons using this in Wilmington NC or surrounding areas? I have been told I need a fusion due to bone on bone but am hesitant.

  36. Michael Scalise says:

    locations of Foot and Ankle orthopeadic Surgeons that perform Hemicap procedures inBrooklyn NY and NYC

  37. Sibrich Bocher says:

    Hi, I’m 30, live in Belgium and diagnosed with Hallux rigidus. Surgeon want to fuse my toe.. Can I do this around my country? What is better? Hemicap on both sides or one side?

    Thank you

  38. Becky Pierce says:

    What Doctors in the Joplin, MO area do this procedure? I have Hallux Limitus, I don’t want toe fusion another dr recommended the Toe Hemicap Implant. I want to remain active!
    Thank you

  39. Sheryl says:

    What is your recovery protocol for hemicap? I was told to send an e-mail and did, but have not heard back yet.

  40. Jacqueline Griffin says:

    Hi, I live in Newfoundland, Canada….are there any surgeons who perform this procedure in my province? I had a Cartiva implant April 2019, and am currently having pain again, still a lot of stiffness, and minimal range of motion; I’ve been researching this procedure and it seems to be a positive option, I’m not interested in a fusion….I live an active lifestyle and still in my 40’s. I’d be willing to leave the province and travel to the next closest surgeon/province if there is no one in NL performing this procedure currently.


  41. Edgar Thaxton says:

    Can this implant surgery be done simultaneously with a bunionectomy? Also can this implant support more aggressive activities, like soccer? Are their doctors in the Boston area who work with this implant?

    • arthrosurface says:

      Hi Edgar,
      The Toe HemiCAP or ToeMotion Arthoplasty system can be used in conjunction with a bunionectomy, however, please speak with your physician to see our toe implant systems are the right decision for your specific situation.
      Below is the link to our find the doctor module, which allows you to look for surgeons in your area who have experience with our toe implant systems.
      Have a great day!

  42. Nadine says:

    I live in Alberta Canada and have diagnosis of hallux rigidus. Fusion was recommended but I am still in my forties and very active so have been putting it off hoping for a better option. Are there surgeons in my area or in another province that are experienced with this precedure?

  43. Bob O’Brien says:

    Drs in or around Asheville nc

  44. Alex says:

    I live in Germany and had a keller-brandes resection arthroplasty initially. Think this was the wrong choice for me. Can I still go for a hemicap implant?

  45. Diane says:

    Hello, I have R/A, and raynauds will these implants work in all the toes, and how long will these last? Also please recommend someone in the Ohio area. Thank you, Diane

  46. Alicia says:

    Hello is there anywhere in Alberta Canada to get this done and does healthcare cover it or will it be an out of pocket cost? Thank you

  47. Steph says:

    I’m almost in my 8week of hemi implant and bone spur removed. I’m still in PT and a boot. If I put a shoe/dlip flop on I can’t put full pressure because if I do it hurts.
    I’m a hairstylist and work on my feet and this is killing me.
    Working in a boot is hard because after a while it does hurt your hip and my foot can hurt if I’m on it to much.
    Anyone else have this issue?
    I’m not sure why it’s taking so long and it’s depressing to be in pain still.

  48. Patricia J Scott says:

    I’am scheduled for ToeMotion w/the Amazing Dr. Giovanni Sept.17–can’t wait!!

  49. Pat Scott says:

    Rest assured I will!!

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