Joint replacements in the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) have been performed for several decades now. They can provide pain relief for arthritis in the joint early on, but they also tend to wear out over time. Although they have improved substantially in the last few years, it is still pretty common to see joints that were put in 10-15 years ago wear out and start causing pain.
If you have a great toe joint replacement that is not working correctly or causing pain, there are some potential options to help. Some of the joint replacement can be revised if there is enough bone around the joint remaining. When the bone loss is too great, often the joint replacement can be removed and the joint can be fused using autgraft or allograft bone grafts.
If you are limited by stiffness or pain in your feet and ankles, we are here to help! Call our Colorado Springs podiatrists today at 719-488-4664. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron strive to offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to keep you active and on your feet!