I've had arthritis in my left foot. I was referred to physio but the physio reffered me on for surgery. I'm now six weeks on since my op (Bedford hospital) .and had more follow up X-rays yesterday. They let me take a snap of the X-ray this time:
I now have a very fine example of British precision engineering embedded in my foot. They needed to fuse two bones together, so there now a mix of wires/screws/plates/staples holding it all together. I can begin to walk without the crutches again now, but it'll take a year or more for the bone fusion to fully consolidate.
All done under local anaesthetic which was ... an experience! If you think the sound of the dentist's drill is bad, wait 'till you can hear them drilling and scraping away at your bones as you lie there!
Fantastic service from the NHS though, I can't speak highly enough of the podiatric team at Bedford, from the surgeon and his team right through to the nurses and literally everyone I came into contact with – so friendly, kind, helpful and above all totally efficient.
Riding is not advised for another couple of months or so because I'm not to place undue weight on the foot – which potentially would happen when you come to a stop (junctions etc.)
What a drag it is getting old, as someone once sang.