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Joint Replacement for Arthritis of the Big Toe

The base of the big toe is a common site for degenerative changes in the foot. Wear and tear and loss of elasticity in the cartilage cushioning the joint of the big toe can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the area. With the big toe moving up each time a step is taken, walking can be uncomfortable. Bone spurs can develop on the joint aggravating the pain already felt when walking with big toe arthritis. A bump, like a bunion or a callus, can also develop on the top of the foot with this affliction. When rest, medication, and exercise stop working, surgical options are considered. One such option is toe joint replacement. This is usually done among older sufferers with advanced arthritis. With toe joint replacement, an artificial joint made from ceramic, plastic, or metal, is surgically implanted after removing damaged parts of bones and cartilage in the big toe. This can be done under general or regional anesthesia and usually takes less than one hour. If you have advanced arthritis in your big toe and other less invasive treatments have not provided you enough relief to live life comfortably, talk to a podiatrist to see if you might be a good candidate for joint replacement surgery.

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with Wendy L. Grossman, DPM from New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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