Arthritis Surgery



Arthritis of the 1st metatarsal (big toe joint) is a condition where the cartilage of the big toe joint becomes eroded, leading to limitation of motion and eventually rigidity. Medically, this is termed hallux limitus (for limited arthritis) and hallux rigidus (for severe arthritis). The big toe joint becomes painful, enlarged and inflamed, making it hard to go about your daily life.

Tru Foot & Ankle offers arthritis surgery that allows patients to remove the arthritis and get their range of motion back in the foot almost immediately.





What is Arthritis of the 1st Metatarsal??

Arthritis of the 1st Metatarsal (big toe) is medically termed hallux limitus (for limited arthritis) and Hallux rigidus (for severe arthritis).

Hallux limitus is a progressive arthritic condition that limits the motion and function of the hallux, usually at the big-toe joint.

The big-toe joint is located where the first metatarsal bone and proximal phalanx meet, or at the base where your foot and toes meet.

Hallux limitus affects the dorsiflexion (upward) motion, and over time, the condition can worsen and lead to the condition hallux rigidus, or no motion of the big-toe joint at all.

What Causes Arthritis of the 1st Metatarsal?
  • Genetics - some people are simply predisposed to arthritis due to genetics passed down from their parents
  • Injury - It is possibly to encourage arthritis by overusing your big toe joint with repetitive movements or injuries due to athletics. This results in an inability to move your big toe.
  • A long first metatarsal bone (or short second metatarsal)
  • An elevated first metatarsal bone
  • Gout or chronic inflammatory disease
What are Symptoms of Arthritis of the 1st Metatarsal?
  • Pain - most prominent when weight is applied to the foot
  • Grinding or grating feeling on top of the joint with activity and walking
  • Bone spurs can develop in time
  • Some stiffness and limited motion of the hallux
  • Increased pain and stiffness in cold temperatures
  • Feeling of tightness in and around the joint
  • Swelling and inflammation of the joint
How do I Know that I Need Surgery for foot arthritis?

If all other non-invasive treatment options have failed to provide sustained relief, then it's time to consider surgery to address foot arthritis.

Can Arthritis Come back after surgery?

It's unlikely. There is only about a 5-6% possibility for arthritis to return after surgery.



Are you looking to treat your foot arthritis, but aren’t sure if arthritis surgery is the right treatment for you? Tell us more about yourself and someone will get back to you to schedule your consultation. Thanks for reaching out to TRU FOOT & ANKLE®!


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