A common condition that affects people as they age is osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis can impact joints anywhere in the body when cartilage wears down and leaves exposed bones rubbing against each other. Osteoarthritis develops slowly, but gradually gets worse with time.
A frequent joint affected by osteoarthritis is the metatarsophalangeal joint, or the joint at the base of the big toe. At Ogden Clinic, our orthopedic specialists serve patients throughout northern Utah with toe joint replacement for painful osteoarthritis problems.
Osteoarthritis in the big toe causes a variety of different symptoms, including joint tenderness and pain, or an ache in the arch of the foot when walking. These symptoms are usually the worst upon waking or after sitting or standing for long periods of time. Osteoarthritis can also result in inflammation and swelling around the joint of the big toe.
To repair damaged cartilage, the body may attempt to heal itself by growing more bone, known as bone spurs, which result in visible bumps on the toe. Many people also develop bunions, enlarged areas at the joint of the big toe. People who can’t bend their toe due to osteoarthritis may also experience difficulty walking or keeping their balance.
Severe cases of osteoarthritis that do not respond to conservative treatment options may require toe joint replacement at an Ogden Clinic facility in northern Utah. A toe joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, treats the osteoarthritis by removing the affected toe joint and installing a joint made of metal, plastic, or a combination of both. Toe joint replacement surgery aims to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve the position of the big toe. Depending on the activity level and mobility needs of the patient, toe joint replacement may be the best treatment option.
Would you like to learn more about treatment options for osteoarthritis of the big toe? Contact one of our northern Utah offices today to schedule a consultation about toe joint replacement.