I am a 55 year old male that has been very active with backpacking and jogging all of my life. About a year ago while hiking I overextended my back toe and it was bent back while I was climbing a rock with a heavy pack. I felt some minor pain for about 7 months and then I noticed the beginning of a bunion on that foot. Eventually the pain increased and I quit exercising and consulted a podiatrist. After x-rays he found what appeared to be a small crack on one of the small button bones on the bottom of the big toe joint. I was in a cast for 6 weeks and it appears that the crack has moved closer together. The bunion is still obvious and gives me minor discomfort, but I am afraid if I return to my activities that it will be a problem. My doctor said that the surgery should be a last resort due to the possibility of arthritis. Can bunion surgery for a moderate bunion and possible tendon damage return my to something near my formal mobility?
Is arthritis something to consider? Thank you.