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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

fusion?


You will be able to move the joint after replacement.


What is the joint made of?


Silastic


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.