Big Toe Repair & Replacement

Advanced Care for Big Toe Repair and Replacement

EmergeOrtho has helped thousands of patients across the state, utilizing advanced skills and innovative technology to help them emerge stronger. For decades, we’ve been the provider of choice for comprehensive, compassionate care.

If you need orthopedic treatment for your big toe, it’s important to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons who will not only skillfully perform any needed surgery, but also carefully evaluate the extent of the injury before surgery.

Typically, big toe replacement is needed to help those dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Some patients need treatment to remove bone spurs that have developed on the great toe joint due to bones rubbing together.

During surgical treatment for big toe repair, the main joint in the big toe may be replaced with an artificial joint made of metal or plastic. This not only relieves pain, it restores the great toe function and provides an improvement in its range of motion. Great toe replacement is performed in a hospital, and patients are placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will remove damaged portions of the big toe (MTP) joint through an incision on the top of your great toe. Then, the bone surfaces are prepared for the artificial joint, which is then attached.

After your sutures are removed, you will start simple weight-bearing activities, such as walking, while wearing hard-soled shoes to ensure proper healing. However, you may not be able to put your full weight on the toe for up to eight weeks. Physical therapy may benefit some people.

Depending upon the severity of the injury or condition, nonsurgical options may be appropriate. These nonsurgical treatments may include:

  • Steriod injections
  • Medication
  • Metal bracing
  • Specialized footwear

Why would you need to repair or replace your big toe?

The primary reason for the procedure is to reduce severe arthritis pain that dramatically limits the range of motion between your big toe and your foot. However, injuries and the extensive growth of bone spurs (hallux rigidus) may also prompt the need for treatment.

There’s no substitute for EmergeOrtho’s gifted and knowledgeable physicians. Our professional, compassionate care will help you emerge from your surgery stronger, healthier, and ready to return to your day-to-day activities.