Behind bunion deformity, the second most common ailment to the first metatarsal bone is joint arthritis. According to our Seattle podiatrists, this degenerative condition can originate from either hereditary factors or previous trauma such as turf toe, repetitive injury, or fracture. Indications of this ailment are generally gradual and include pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joint in the first metatarsal.
Treatment takes on a range of precautions and procedures. For mild cases, anti-inflammatories or steroid injection can be utilized for temporary relief as well as the use of orthotics to decrease impact on the affected area. In some cases, joint replacement surgery may be appropriate. This involves removing a portion of the arthritic bone and replacing it with an implant. The following video shows the extent of this procedure.
Call our dedicated team of Seattle podiatrists at (425) 678-3877 today to get your treatment started!