First Metatarsal-phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis is a surgical procedure performed to help relieve the pain in the front of the foot. By fusing the bone at the base of the large toe to the first metatarsal, this procedure repairs deformities within the joint caused by genetic defects, arthritis, or injury.
A podiatrist can help determine the need for this surgery based on the severity of the patient’s condition. Prior to the surgery, other treatment options should be attempted, including changes in activity, steroid injections, or changes in footwear.
If surgery is necessary upon trying other treatments, a podiatric surgeon can perform it in about two hours, and the patient can go home on the same day of the procedure. The recovery process may include wearing a wooden sole shoe, or moving cast for a period of 6 weeks. A complete recovery is expected 6-9 months after the procedure.
Dr. Benjamin Tehrani, a top podiatric surgeon and founder of Kings Point Foot & Ankle podiatry center, is highly experienced in performing various foot surgeries enabling patients to get back on their feet in no time. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben Tehrani, please contact us right away.