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The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Small Joint Replacement Surgery in the Toes

Hallux rigidus, which is a type of progressive arthritis that leads to pain and stiffness in the big toe (MTP) joint, results in the loss of cartilage around the top portion of this joint, due to the increased pressure as the toe bends upward. While it may take years to develop, it typically becomes symptomatic quickly. Common symptoms of this type of arthritis are:

Small joint replacement can sometimes be an option for reducing pain and improving mobility in the toes and is an alternative to fusion. Damaged bone and cartilage tissue will be removed and replaced with a plastic or metal artificial joint. This treatment can be particularly beneficial for patients who have a big toe that has been affected by trauma, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. An extensively trained orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tuvi Mendel offers this procedure to his patients on an outpatient basis.

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