MTP Joint Replacement in San Rafael, CA

Learn about MTP Joint Replacement treatment options

What is a Metatarsophalangeal (MTP) Joint Replacement?

A metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint replacement is a procedure that treats arthritis of the big toe. The joint is removed in the big toe and is replaced with metal, plastic, or a combination of both.

General Details of the Procedure:

An incision is made over the first MTP joint and carried down to the joint. The surfaces of the joint and bone spurs, along with a small amount of bone are removed from the arthritic joint. After the canals of the bones are opened, the implants are placed. Then, the joint capsule and skin are closed with stitches.

What happens after surgery?

After surgery, a soft dressing of gauze and tape is placed over both the toe and foot. The joint is initially immobilized but early motion is started to prevent stiffness. Physical therapy may be utilized to increase motion and strength at the first MTP joint. You should keep the foot elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. Stitches are usually removed 10 to 15 days after surgery. You will then wear a hard-soled shoe.

What are the expected results of this procedure?

The goal of a first MTP joint replacement is to lessen pain. Another goal of the procedure is to improve the position of the big toe, as well as retain motion. There may be a brief period of time where you should not put weight on the foot, but in general you will get back to limited walking within a few weeks after your surgery.

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