Bony bump near the joint at the base of the big toe
Skin irritation over the bump
Many people suffer from arthritis in the toe joints. The condition is called Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease. It is a condition where the cartilage wears away. Once the cartilage wears away there is bone on bone contact with decreased movement in the joint. The bone on bone contact is what causes the pain and swelling. Simple activities such as walking, running or golf can be painful. The most common joint affected is the first toe joint.
The most common causes for damaged cartilage are trauma, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or bunions. Although one of the main treatment options is to fuse the joint, this particular procedure reduces activity, limits shoe gear, patient is nonweightbearing for approximately 6 weeks, and there is a risk of a nonunion to the joint.
The implantation of an artificial toe joint in part of the joint is vastly different than toe fusion. The titanium hemi-implant replaces part of the cartilage so there is no more bone on bone contact. The patient is weightbearing and most often can get back into a regular shoe in 2 weeks.