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Big Toe Arthritis

Navigating Big Toe Arthritis: Understanding 1st MTP Degeneration

Comprehensive Insights into Causes, Symptoms, and Non-Surgical Treatment Approaches

About the condition

Big toe arthritis, also known as 1st metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint degeneration, is a prevalent foot condition that significantly impacts pain levels and foot function. This condition is a major contributor to various foot and lower limb problems, affecting both athletes and the older general population alike. The importance of the 1st MTP joint in facilitating basic activities such as walking and running cannot be overstated. Symptoms of big toe arthritis include limited joint movement, pain during physical activities like walking and running, and in some cases, pain at rest.

Treatment

While surgery is considered a last resort for managing big toe arthritis, there are several effective non-surgical treatments available. Corticosteroid injections are utilized to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. In addition, Ostenil injections, which aim to repair cartilage damage, are another cornerstone of treatment. To compensate for the reduced range of movement and improve foot function, orthoses (custom-designed orthotics) are recommended. These treatments collectively aim to manage symptoms, enhance quality of life, and prevent further deterioration of the condition.

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