Treatments that Reduce Pain and Recovery Time in Big Toe Arthritis
The constant, severe pain of big toe arthritis can impact your quality of life. Most people don’t realize how much they rely on their toes for standing and walking until something goes wrong. Your hallux doesn’t just go to the market. You also need that big “little piggy” to help you balance, dance, and move around.
Arthritis is a degenerative disorder. Over time, the cartilage in the toe wears down, and the bones rub against each other. Those who suffer from this condition deal with unfathomable pain. Even though it usually affects people between the ages of 40-60, younger folks can develop arthritis after an injury. Luckily, there are many treatments available to help you get back on your feet.
Joint Implant for a Speedy Recovery
An implant for your big toe? While it may seem unbelievable, many foot surgeons use a silicone implant to stop the excruciating pain of arthritis. The doctor places the implant between the joints to create more space. This procedure keeps the bones from rubbing together. It also increases the range of motion.
Even better, most patients can walk on their treated foot the very next day. While some soreness may persist for a few days, it usually doesn’t impact the patient’s daily routine. Those looking for a quick (but lasting) fix should ask about getting a joint implant.
Surgical Removal to Stop Pain Instantly
Arthritis doesn’t only destroy cartilage, but it can also lead to the formation of bone spurs and other overgrowths. All of these problems cause discomfort, especially when walking. To resolve mid-stage toe arthritis, many foot doctors recommend a cheilectomy. During this procedure, the doctor removes damaged cartilage and any excess bone.
Even though the patient must go under the knife, recovery is fast and easy. Patients can stand flat on their feet as soon as they wake up from surgery. However, the toe should remain bandaged for a couple of weeks, and the patient should wear supportive shoes.
Joint Fusion for Active Patients
Some patients may require more invasive treatment, and in these cases, doctors usually suggest arthrodesis. This procedure fuses the joints together using plates and screws. The goal is to hold the joint in the right position and stop the pain.
As you may assume, it takes longer to recover from joint fusion. It takes about 6-8 weeks for patients to recover. But once they do, they’ll be able to enjoy all of their pre-arthritis pastimes—even marathon running!
Compassionate Care for Your Big Toe Woes
Arthritis can be a real pain in the hallux. There’s no reason why you need to limp around any longer. The doctors at Foot HealthCare Associates will examine your foot to determine the best course of action. We always keep our patient’s best interests at heart, and our bedside manner will put you at ease. Schedule an appointment to stop the pain from big toe arthritis once and for all.