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Can Surgery Help the Arthritic Pain in My Big Toe?

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:00

In some cases, an injury, age, or a disease such as arthritis can cause a joint to become so damaged or diseased that surgical intervention may be necessary. One purpose for joint replacement surgery in the foot is to relieve pain and restore functionality in the big toe from arthritis (Hallux rigidus). If hallux rigidus advances to the point where surgery may be an option to help reduce the patient’s pain and return them to normal activities, there may be different surgical procedures to treat it including joint replacement. If you are experiencing pain and/or a lack of mobility in your big toe, make an appointment with a podiatrist so they can thoroughly examine you and conduct various tests to make a diagnosis. They will take various factors into consideration such as your specific condition, age, level of activity, medical history etc., and discuss your options—which may include joint replacement as a way to restore normal movement and reduce pain in your big toe.

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 Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. 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 Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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