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A cheilectomy is a surgical procedure that removes bone spurs from the base of the big toe.[1]

Patients with a condition called hallux rigidis, or arthritis of the big toe, have pain and stiffness in the big toe. The word cheilectomy comes from the Greek word Cheilos, meaning "lip." A cheilectomy removes the bone spurs, or lip of bone, that forms as a result of arthritis of the joint. Removing the bone spurs, eases pain and lessens stiffness of the big toe.


  1. ^ Cluett, Jonathan (November 13, 2016). "Cheilectomy". VeryWell. Retrieved 26 October 2017.