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Big toe joint replacement

This is one of the treatment options for arthritis of

the big toe joint. (Hallux rigidus)

The other treatment options are:

For early stages of arthritis

  1. Pain killers
  2. Steroid injections
  3. Removal of bone spurs from the joint

(Dorsal cheilectomy)

For late stage of arthritis

  1. Joint fusion

What is the advantage of joint replacement over


You will be able to move the joint after replacement.

What is the joint made of?


How long will the joint last?

About 5 to 10 years

What are the complications of operation?

  1. Infection
  2. Nerve damage
  3. stiffness
  4. Loosening
  5. Inflammation of joint lining (synovitis)

How will you reduce the risk of infection?

You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.