Category Archives: Big Toe

Bunionectomy (Chevron Bunionectomy)

Bunionectomy (Chevron Bunionectomy) Overview This outpatient procedure is performed to correct a bunion, a deformity of the toe joint. During the procedure, the surgeon may remove excess bone and then shift the toe into proper alignment. This surgery is commonly performed with regional anesthesia. Bunionectomy In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned and […]

Bunionectomy With Wedge Osteotomy

Bunionectomy With Wedge Osteotomy Overview This outpatient procedure is performed to correct a bunion, a deformity of the toe joint. This surgery is commonly performed with regional anesthesia. Bunionectomy In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned and anesthesia is administered. The surgeon creates an incision along the side of the toe to expose […]

Cheilectomy

Cheilectomy Overview This surgical procedure is used to help relieve symptoms of hallux rigidus by removing bony growths on top of the big toe’s main joint. This procedure improves joint movement and is most successful in patients with less severe arthritis. Preparation The patient is positioned so that the top of the foot is clearly […]

Partial Nail Removal (Matrixectomy)

Partial Nail Removal (Matrixectomy) Overview This procedure is used to remove the problem portion of an ingrown toenail and to prevent the ingrown toenail from recurring. Matrixectomy is performed under local anesthetic, and requires only a few minutes to complete. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, the toe is washed and a constricting band is […]

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis Overview This condition is an irritation of the sesamoid bones, which are located within the tendons that slide along either side of the bottom of the big toe. The sesamoid bones, each about the size of a kernel of corn, provide leverage for the tendons that control the big toe. Causes Sesamoiditis is caused […]

Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe)

Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe) Overview This condition, also known as hallux limitus, is a form of degenerative arthritis that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the big toe, which increases over time as the toe becomes increasingly rigid and hard to bend. Causes In […]