A cheilectomy is a surgical procedure that removes bone spurs from the base of the big toe.

Patients with a condition called hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe, have pain and stiffness in the big toe. 

A cheilectomy removes the bone spurs, or lip of bone, that forms as a result of arthritis of the big toe.

The surgeon removes the bone spurs or excess bone growth that may be causing pain and limiting motion in the joint. 

This procedure helps to alleviate pain and improve joint function. 

It is often recommended when non-surgical treatments, such as medications or physical therapy, have not provided sufficient relief. 

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