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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 14, 2018
Category: foot surgery

Joint Replacement of the metatarsophalangeal or “MTP” joint is used to treat arthritis of the big toe. During this procedure, the big toe joint is removed and substituted with metal or plastic pieces and is done so to reduce pain and to regain full range of motion. Symptoms of arthritis in the big toe are discomfort and a reduction in mobility. It is however important to recognize that those patients who have an infection, blood vessel sickness or any relevant allergies should not undergo this procedure. It may also be risky for patients with diabetes to have this surgery performed on them as well.

When performed, it is done by first making an incision over the first MTP joint and having a portion of the bone removed from the joint. Bone channels are thereafter cleared and implants are placed in the correct position. Lastly, the wound is closed up. If there are any initial bone deformities, they must be addressed during surgery or the implant may fail.  

Recovery post-surgery includes:

  • Gauze bandaging is positioned over the toe and the joint is immobilized.
  • Physical therapy will be used to strengthen the joint.
  • The foot should be elevated to reduce inflammation.
  • A special shoe may be worn after stitches are removed to aid in the healing process.
  • Weight bearing may need to be limited to a small amount of time while healing, although near routine walking will be possible within a few weeks after the surgical procedure is performed on the toe.

Toe joint replacement is an important procedure that can significantly help diminish pain in an arthritic big toe. Please contact us for a consultation to determine if your toe may require this form of treatment. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can help to eliminate pain from arthritis in your big toe with this procedure. So please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and check out our Patient Education library to see how to check your feet and ankles for other signs of complications.




By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 20, 2017
Category: foot surgery

Foot reconstruction is an important and necessary procedure once the foot has become nonresponsive to conservative forms of treatment in certain situations. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to develop the best reconstruction treatment plan for your feet at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and review the Patient Education library on our website for more substantive information about this procedure.  

Foot reconstruction surgery is a huge procedure and is therefore undertaken as a last option. When foot deformities produce discomfort, and have you struggling when walking, other complications such as corns, calluses or other wounds may result. Significant deformities are usually caused by flatfeet, high arches, arthritis or severe traumatic events.

Conservative treatment for many foot conditions includes orthotics, wearing proper shoes and using other foot support devices. Reconstructive surgery, if elected, will involve moving bones into optimal locations, lengthening or relocating tendons and the fusing of bones. Complications that may eventually lead to this procedure are:

  • Bunions.
  • Pediatric defects.
  • Flat feet.
  • Foot fractures.
  • Injuries sustained during high intensity activities.
  • Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Heel Spurs.
  • Infections.

This procedure’s main goals are to reduce severe pain and to once again reestablish a normal foot function. The type of reconstruction surgery to be utilized is determined by age, the specific complication and the advancement of symptoms. For example, a form of surgical reconstruction involves cutting the heel bone to reposition it in the best location via a screw mechanism. This type of surgery can help to place the heel bone in the best position to support the arch. Metal plates may also be used to increase the arch. Due to the seriousness and the many positive benefits that foot reconstruction surgery can have on your feet, please contact our offices to receive a comprehensive consultation and a potential reconstruction treatment plan. We can help restore your normal foot functions and get your feet back on the road to being the way they once were!






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