First Metatarsal-phalangeal Joint (MTP) Arthrodesis

 

WHAT IS FIRST METATARSAL-PHALANGEAL JOINT (MTP) ARTHRODESIS?

First metatarsal-phalangeal joint (MTP) arthrodesis is a fusion of the bone in your foot to your big toe.  This is done when arthritis or deformity has degenerated the joint and is impacting the quality of your life or restricting the use of your foot.

RECOVERY FROM A FIRST METATARSAL-PHALANGEOAL JOINT (MTP) ARTHRODESIS

Recovery from a MTP joint fusion requires non-weight baring movement for about 6 weeks.  Crutches are often utilized to keep weight off of the foot.  Some numbness can occur and while it often resolves over time it can remain numb.  Smoking is not recommended anytime bone is healing as it reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to the healing cells.