March 22, 2010 – San Francisco, CA. San Francisco Podiatrist and Foot Surgeon Dr. Christopher Segler has created an educational video clip to illustrate what exactly takes place in surgery when arthritis destroys the cartilage in the big toe joint. The condition is commonly referred to as “hallux rigidus” or “hallux limitus” by podiatrists. In essence, the condition begins when biomechanical imbalances in the foot cause the big toe joint to jam when walking. Early on this condition can be very effectively with custom orthotic shoe inserts. Custom foot orthotics can stabilize the foot and restore the proper function of the big toe joint.
If the problem is ignored and untreated, the cartilage in the big toe joint can become worn away. This is a form of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. The end result is that the joint becomes painful due to bone on bone grinding within the joint.
In some cases, the joint can be saved with a joint implant surgery to replace the worn out joint. Dr. Segler has arranged and conducted foot surgery workshops to help other foot surgeons learn how to perform this procedure. When the pain in the big toe joint makes it difficult to walk, hike or run, it may be necessary to consider foot surgery to help relieve the pain in the big toe joint.
The video show the steps involved in the surgical procedure. But you should be aware of the WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC ACTUAL FOOT SURGERY IMAGES. If you still want to see how this foot surgery is performed, you can view the video by clicking on the Big Toe Joint Replacement Video Link.