Arthritis of the big toe can cause a lot of pain and and decreased mobility. If you are experiencing pain in your big toe, you may be a good candidate for great toe fusion or replacement.
Great Toe Replacement / Fusion Surgery
The first MTP (Metatarsal Phalangeal) joint is your big toe joint. First MTP fusion surgery is often used as a treatment option for arthritis of the big toe joint (Hallux Rigidus), which can make it painful to walk and even wear shoes. In addition to pain, arthritis can also cause the big toe joint to become quite stiff. MTP fusion surgery fuses the joint using surgical hardware to reduce pain. Depending on the severity and type of your arthritis, you may also be a candidate for great toe joint replacement. Dr Ferguson may recommend a great toe joint replacement for you to maintain your function and lifestyle.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. You will be given regional anesthesia to provide complete pain relief in the area during surgery, and also be induced into “twilight sleep” for the length of the procedure. The surgeon will begin by making a small incision at the top of the big toe. If any bone spurs exists they will be removed and the joint will be fused or replaced. The surgical incision will then be closed with stitches. Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions that detail how to care for your foot after surgery. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions closely to ensure the quickest possible recovery.
Knoxville Foot Surgeon
If you are experiencing pain in your big toe caused by arthritis, first MTP fusion surgery may be your best treatment option. Contact Dr. Chad Ferguson today to learn about treatment options for relieving your toe pain.